Perfect end to district title for Wayne softball
WISNER — The weather wasn’t perfect Monday afternoon, but Tori Kniesche was.
The sophomore hurler threw two no-hitters in the B-4 district tournament, capping the day with a five-inning perfect game as Wayne beat David City/East Butler 8-0 to earn the school’s 15th trip to state in the 16-year history of the program.
The Blue Devils started the day with an 8-0 win over Wisner-Pilger that saw Kniesche give up just two walks while striking out 11. A Wisner-Pilger runner reached base on an error to lead off the second inning to account for the only other Gator to reach base in the game.
Wayne got a run in the first inning on a double by Annie Kniesche, scoring Kennedy Maly. They got another run in the second on an RBI single by Abby Ankeny that scored Sidney Biggerstaff.
Wayne got two more in the third when Kayla Fleming came home on an error and Jamie Gamble singled home Biggerstaff, added another run in the fourth when Josie Thompson came home on a double steal, then put it out of reach in the fifth with RBI singles by Gamble, Ankeny and Thompson.
Wayne’s bottom of the lineup was hot as Gamble, Ankeny and Thompson each had two hits to lead Wayne’s 11-hit attack in the district semifinal. Jenna Trenhaile, Kennedy Maly and Tori Kniesche also had hits.
In the championship game, Tori Kniesche set down all 15 batters she faced, 10 of them by strikeout, needing just 66 pitches to complete her second perfect game of the season and set a new Class B record with her 10th no-hitter of the year.
The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Wayne broke through with six runs. Josie Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk and Masyn Dorey followed with a bases-clearing double, setting the stage for Trenhaile, who drilled the first pitch just over the 230-foot sign in left center for a two-run homer to make it 6-0.
In the fifth, Wayne finished the job with a leadoff single by Annie Kniesche, who moved to third on a fielding error. She came home on Tori Kniesche’s double to center. Fleming, running for Kniesche, came home on a single by Gamble to end the game and send Wayne to the state tournament.
Trenhaile and Annie Kniesche and Gamble each had two hits in the win as Wayne knocked out 10 hits.
The 28-3 Blue Devils are unofficially the fourth seed for the state tournament that starts Wednesday in Hastings. Wayne is unofficially scheduled to play Gretna in the opening round.