Top-ranked Blue Devils win pool at LPS Classic
The Wayne Blue Devils should maintain their Class C No. 1 ranking after a 3-0 day in their pool at the Lincoln Public Schools Classic at Doris Bair Park.
The Blue Devils opened with a 9-3 win over Lincoln Pius, who finished third in Class A last year, then dominated Columbus 12-2 before finishing with a 5-2 win over North Platte to improve to 8-0 on the season.
In the opener, Sidney Biggerstaff followed Tori Kniesche’s double with a two-run homer to center field to give the Blue Devils the early lead, then made it 5-0 in the second when Josie Thompson walked and scored on a Kendall Dorey groundout and Annie Kniesche followed with a double to score Masyn Dorey.
Pius got to within 5-3 after five innings, but Wayne put it away in the sixth with four runs. Kayla Fleming scored Aliah Schulz on a fielder’s choice, Allison Claussen followed with a two-run double that plated Abby Ankeny and Fleming, and Masyn Dorey singled Claussen home to give Wayne the win.
Masyn Dorey and Tori Kniesche each had two hits and Biggerstaff and Claussen each drove in two runs to highlight a 10-hit effort. Kniesche struck out 11 and walked five while scattering five hits.
Against Columbus, Wayne used two big innings to take care of the Discoverers, starting with a four-run second inning. Ankeny doubled home Tori Kniesche, Fleming followed with a two-run single to plate Biggerstaff and Ankeny, and Thompson grounded out to score Fleming.
Columbus got two in the third to keep it close, but Wayne erupted for eight runs in the fourth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
The scoring started when Ankeny and Fleming both scored on errors, followed by Annie Kniesche’s two-run single that scored Claussen and Masyn Dorey. Tori Kniesche added a two-run double to score Schulz and Annie Kniesche, Biggerstaff doubled home Nicole Fertig and Ankeny ended the game with an infield single that scored Biggerstaff.
Biggerstaff, Ankeny and Tori Kniesche each had two hits and Ankeny, Fleming, Tori Kniesche and Annie Kniesche each had two RBI’s to lead a nine-hit attack. Biggerstaff, Ankeny and Fleming each scored two runs. Kendall Dorey threw a two-hitter, striking out four and walking four.
In the win over North Platte, Wayne took advantage of a Bulldog error to score in the first inning, then made it 2-0 in the second when Kendall Dorey sent Thompson home with a single.
North Platte got a run in the top of the fourth, but Wayne came right back with three int he bottom of the inning. Tori Kniesche singled home Virginia Kniesche, and Biggerstaff followed with a triple that scored Fertig and Annie Kniesche. North Platte got a run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough has Wayne finished the day as the only undefeated team in their four-team pool.
Tori Kniesche had three hits and Fleming added two as Wayne out-hit North Platte 9-4. Biggerstaff and Kendall Dorey each had two RBI’s. Kniesche struck out 13 in 4 2/3 innings of work before turning pitching duties over to Kendall Dorey, who picked up her first career save.
Wayne is back in action Tuesday with a traingular at Wahoo Neumann, facing the Cavaliers and Highway 91.