Kniesche earns MaxPreps national honor

Wayne High junior softball pitcher Tori Kniesche was named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week for her outstanding play in the Blue Devils’ opening week of the season.

Kniesche threw three no-hitters, including a perfect game, and allowed just one hit in 22 innings of work to help the Blue Devils to a 4-0 start.

On Thursday, she threw a one-hitter and struck out 15 in a 2-0 win over Blair to open the season. On Saturday, she allowed no hits over 15 innings of work to help Wayne win its own invitational, finishing with a perfect game in a 3-0 win over Arlington.

Kniesche struck out eight of nine batters in a three-inning, 13-0 win over Ponca, then followed that with a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Twin River before finishing with her perfect game against Arlington. She struck out a combined 36 batters on the day, including 14 each in the wins over Twin River and Arlington to give her 51 strikeouts for the first four games of the year.

The Wayne Herald

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