Juniors back in Ralph Bishop League finals with wins
The Wayne American Legion Post 43 Juniors are one win away from defending their Ralph Bishop League title from last year after winning games Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the Juniors batted around in the opening frame and cruised to a 9-1 win over Tekamah-Herman in quarterfinal action at Hank Overin Field.
Wayne got all they would need in the first inning, taking advantage of two errors and one hit to put up five runs. Josh Lutt walked and scored on an error and Hagan Miller followed with a single and scored on Trevor DeBoer’s sacrifice fly. A passed ball brought Jacob Kneifl home, Gunnar Jorgensen stole home and Blake Bartos scored on another error.
Wayne got a two-run triple from Kneifl in the fourth, and he later came home on a passed ball. They scored their final run in the fifth when Tyrus Eischeid scored on a single by Miller.
Miller had two of Wayne’s three hits in the contest and Kneifl drove in three runs. Lutt, Miller and Kneifl each scored twice. Lutt earned the win, scattering four hits in 4 1/3 innings before Victor Kneische closed the game in relief.
Saturday’s semifinal matchup in Tekamah was a pitching masterpiece for Kneifl, as he threw a one-hit shutout and fanned 11 to help Wayne advance to the finals with a 4-0 win over West Point.
Kneifl was spotless through four innings, save a walk and a hit batter in the second, before giving up a leadoff single in the fifth. Other than that, West Point could not touch the lefthander as he pitched the one-hit gem for the win.
Wayne got two runs in the third on RBI singles by Miller and DeBoer. Later in the inning, Reid Korth doubled down the left field line to bring home DeBoer and Kneifl.
DeBoer had two of Wayne’s five hits in the game. Miller, Kneifl and Korth also had hits.
Wayne will face Pender in Sunday’s finals at 5 p.m. at Eaton Field in Wakefield.