Norfolk hands defeats to Wayne Legion teams
The Wayne American Legion Post 43 Juinors and Seniors both went down to defeat in road games Tuesday at Norfolk’s Memorial Field.
In the Juniors matchup, Wayne took the lead in a back-and-forth matchup in the top of the sixth, only to see Norfolk get the last word with two in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-7 win.
Wayne scored two in the top of the first on back-to-back RBI singles by Reid Korth and Blake Bartos.
Norfolk got a run in the first, two more in the third and another in the fourth to lead 4-2, but Wayne tied the game in the fifth when Jacob Kneifl singled home Gunnar Jorgensen and Victor Kniesche drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Korth.
Norfolk broke the tie with two in the bottom of the sixth, but Wayne came back with three in the top of the sixth. An RBI single by Kneifl scored Josh Lutt, and back-to-back two-out singles by Bartos and Brooks Kneifl brought Hagan Miller and Jacob Kneifl to give Wayne a 7-6 lead.
The lead wouldn’t hold, however, as a throwing error on a sacrifice attempt brought two Norfolk runs home and they set Wayne down in order in the seventh to seal the win.
Jorgensen, Korth, Bartos and Jacob Kneifl each had two hits as part of an 11-hit attack for Wayne. Kneifl and Bartos both had two RBI’s and Miller and Jorgensen each scored twice. Brooks Kneifl was saddled with the loss in relief.
In the Seniors game, Wayne jumped out to an early lead before the hosts took over the game and ended it on the eight-run rule in five innings with a 13-2 decision.
Wayne’s scores came in the top of the first on an RBI single by Justin Dean and an RBI double by Payten Gamble, but it was all Norfolk after that as they scored four in the first to take the lead and blew the game open with a seven-run fourth innin.
Zane Jackson and Tucker Nichols added hits in the contest to account for Wayne’s four safeties. Tyler Lutt took the loss on the hill after giving up six runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The 15-3 Juniors are the top seed for the Class B, Area 5 tournament this weekend in Wahoo and will face either O’Neill or Lincoln Lutheran on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The 12-5 Seniors are on the road Wednesday for a twinbill at Waterloo-Valley before returning home next Friday, July 13, to host Omaha Central.