Wayne Seniors open Area 5 play with 5-4 win
The Wayne American Legion Post 43 Seniors overcame an early three-run deficit and ended a seven-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over O’Neill in the opening round of the Class B, Area 5 tournament Friday in West Point.
O’Neill touched starting pitcher Tyler Lutt for three runs in the first inning, but Wayne came back with three in the third and two in the fourth and were able to hang on for the win and advance in the six-team, double-elimination tournament.
Wayne’s comeback started in the third with a sacrifice fly by Tucker Nichols, scoring Mason Lee. Josh Lutt came home on a balk and Payten Gamble stole third and came home on an error to make it a 3-3 game.
Wayne took the lead in the fourth on a two-run single by Tyler Lutt, scoring Adam Bentjen and Brennan O’Reilly. O’Neill got a run back in the fifth on a passed ball, but were unable to get any closer as Lutt and Gamble shut down the O’Neill bats in the final two innings.
Lutt struck out six and allowed four runs and 10 hits to get the win for the 13-10 Wayne Seniors. Lutt picked up the save with a scoreless seventh inning.
Tyler Lutt had half of Wayne’s six hits in the contest and drove in two runs. Nichols, Gamble and O’Reilly also had hits.
Wayne will face Wahoo in a 5 p.m. game Saturday.