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Blue Devil Softball Wins District, Advances To State

Posted: 06 October, 2012

WISNER (KTCH/KCTY) – The Wayne High softball team can officially schedule their reservations in Hastings, as the Blue Devils earned their spot in the Class C state tournament to be played next week. Wayne picked up two wins over Twin River yesterday to claim the Class C, District 4 title, and an automatic bid to the state tournament. In the first game Wayne beat Twin River 9-4. Victoria Kranz led at the plate with three hits, including an inside the park homerun and two RBIs. Sydney Harris and Jalyn Zeiss each had two hits and an RBI, while Hannah Gamble and Lauren Gilliland each had one hit and an RBI. McKenna Gibson added a single as well. Gibson got the win pitching, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five. Twin River fell into the loser’s bracket with the loss, and needed a win over Wisner-Pilger to earn a spot in the championship round. Twin River bested Wisner-Pilger 6-3. The second contest between Wayne and Twin River looked like it was going to be a battle, as it was 1-1 heading into the top of the third. In that inning, Wayne brought in four runs to make the score 5-1. The Titans added a run of their own, making the score 5-2. The next inning is when things got out of hand, as the Blue Devils exploded for 13 runs with eight players batting twice in the inning, making the final 18-2 in favor of Wayne, as the game ended after the fourth inning due to the run rule. Harris racked up three hits and five RBIs, by way of an inside the park homerun and an inside the park grand slam on consecutive at-bats. Gamble had three hits and two RBIs and Zeiss also had three hits. Kranz had two hits and three RBIs, while Gilliland and Emily Leeper each had two hits. Danica Schaefer added an RBI single and Gibson had a base hit as well. Gibson allowed just the two runs pitching on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. The Blue Devils move their record to 25-4 and the year and will compete at the Class C state tournament in Hastings next Wednesday through Friday.

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