Juniors overcome loss, stay alive in Area 5
WAHOO — After a disappointing start Saturday, the Wayne American Legion Post 43 Juniors bounced back to keep their season alive Sunday in the Class B, Area 5 tournament at Sam Crawford Field.
On Saturday, the Juniors had one bad inning that proved to be the difference, as Lincoln Lutheran came away with a 4-2 victory to send Wayne into the losers bracket.
Lincoln Lutheran opened the game with a run in the first, but Wayne came back to tie the game in the second when Brock Hopkins singled to center, scoring Jacob Kneifl to make it a 1-1 game.
Lincoln Lutheran pieced together three hits and scored three runs in the third to take the lead for good. Wayne scored a run in the bottom of the inning when Hagan Miller singled and later scored on a groundout by Gunnar Jorgensen to get within 4-2.
Wayne had a chance to cut the deficit in the sixth. Reid Korth lined a one-out double to left and Blake Bartos followed with a single to put runners on the corners. A pickoff on a steal attempt caught Tyrus Eischeid, running for Korth, in a rundown and Lincoln Lutheran was able to get out of the inning unscathed and hang on for the win.
Korth and Hopkins both had two hits to lead Wayne’s nine-hit effort. Trevor DeBoer took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts in three innings of work. Josh Lutt and Drew Buck held the opponent scoreless over the final four innings.
Wayne bounced back on Sunday, building a 5-0 lead and hanging on for a 7-5 win over host Wahoo in an elimination game.
Wayne got single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and added two more to take a 5-0 lead before Wahoo came back with four in the bottom of the fifth to make things interesting.
In the second, Jorgensen brought home Bartos with a groundout after Bartos and Hopkins both walked and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Eischeid.
In the third, Miller walked and moved to third on a DeBoer double before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Jorgensen.
Bartos scored on a throwing error in the fourth, then brought two home in the fifth with a single to left, scoring Kneifl and Korth, who singled and doubled to set up the inning.
After Wahoo’s big inning, Wayne got some much-needed insurance when Kneifl brought home Miller on a fielder’s choice and DeBoer scored on a Wahoo error. Wahoo got another run in the sixth but could get no closer.
DeBoer had two hits and Miller and Bartos each scored two runs for the 16-4 Juniors. Kneifl struck out five and walked two in six innings of work to get the win before Kniesche came on in the seventh to pick up the save.
Wayne will face Columbus Lakeview on Monday at 4 p.m.