Errors spoil upset hopes in 11-10 Wayne loss
Wayne’s hopes for an upset at Hank Overin Field were done in by five errors as ninth-ranked Platteview escaped with a come-from-behind, 11-10 win Thursday afternoon.
The visiting Trojans used two triples to highlight a four-run opening inning to take the early lead, but Wayne came back with a season-best seven-run third inning to take a 7-4 advantage.
The big inning started with a Blake Bartos single up the middle, followed by a bloop single by Josh Lutt and a one-out RBI double by Hagan Miller that scored Bartos.
Wayne’s bats stayed hot in the inning, as Zane Jackson’s two-run single made it 4-3 and a Brennan O’Reilly sacrifice fly tied the game at 4-4. A fielding error gave Wayne its first lead of the game, and Lutt followed with another single to score Reid Korth and give Wayne the three-run advantage.
Platteview came back in the fifth, taking advantage of three Wayne errors to score five runs for a 9-7 lead.
Wayne got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Jacob Knefil singled Korth home, but a two-out error in the sixth plated two insurance runs for the Trojans to give them an 11-8 lead. Wayne scored two in the sixth on a two-RBI double by Bartos that scored Korth and Victor Kniesche, but Wayne could get no closer as they fell to 4-4 on the season.
Wayne outhit Platteview 16-8, led by a 4-for-4 performance by Trevor DeBoer that included a double. Bartos was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s, while Korth, Miller and Lutt each had two hits. Jackson had two RBI’s.
Kneifl pitched well in four innings of work, allowing nine runs — five earned — with five hits, three strikeouts and four walks to take the hard-luck loss. Lutt pitched three innings of relief, allowing three runs — one earned — on three hits with a strikeout and two walks.
Wayne was scheduled to play at Norfolk on Friday, weather permitting. Saturday’s game at Central City has been moved to Tuesday. Their next home game is a rescheduled matchup with Fort Calhoun on Monday.