No-hitter and timely hitting send Wayne to state softball tournament
WISNER – Wayne finally got a chance to play in the B-4 district softball tournament and took advantage of the chance by earning a trip to Hastings for the Class B State tourney with an 8-0 win over David City – East Butler here Monday at River Park.
On its way to the win, the Blue Devils had a record-setting performance in the circle from sophomore sensation, Tori Kniesche and a monstrous long shot from Jenna Trenhaile.
Kniesche stood in the circle and fired her 10th no-hitter of the season, a Class B record. To put a stamp on the contest, she hurled a perfect game, sitting down all 15 batters she faced – striking out 10.
“It’s very comforting to pitch with my team behind me,” Kniesche said. “I know if someone hits the ball we will be right there to field it – I don’t feel a lot of pressure.”
The tournament was supposed to start October 5, but Mother Nature had a different schedule in mind.
The first two days of the tournament were rained out and the format was changed from a double- elimination setting to single-elimination.
In addition, the first three games on the slate were played in Columbus on Saturday.
“It shows how resilient we are by not letting all of the changes to the tournament effect our play,” Wayne assistant coach Rich Rethwisch said. “We remained focused and took care of business here today.”
Kniesche cruised through the first four innings not allowing a baserunner, waiting for the Blue Devil offense to get going.
And the offense erupted in the bottom of the fourth, with two outs.
Jamie Gamble slapped a doube before Abby Gamble was hit by a pitch. Designated hitter, Josie Thompson fashioned a walk with the bases full, battling through nine pitches after falling behind 0-2.
“That at bat was as big as the two hits that came behind her,” Rethwisch said. “It doesn’t show as anything other than a walk, but it kept our inning alive for what was to come.”
What was to come was a double by Wayne leftfielder Masyn Dorey which cleared the bases and a 240-foot shot from Jenna Trenhaile which easily cleared the left-centerfield wall to give Wayne a 6-0 advantage, which was way more than the Blue Devils needed.
Dorey was just trying to get the bat on the ball.
“I knew it was time for us to really get something done and try to put the game away,” Dorey said. “I was just trying to put the ball in play and that’s exactly what I did. I was really happy to do it for my team and now we can move on to state.”
Kniesche kept the heat on the DCEB Scouts and the Wayne bats stayed hot in the fifth to close out the game by the eight-run rule with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Annie Kniesche singled to start the Wayne fifth then made it to third on an error. Tori doubled to center to score Annie then Gamble singled home Kayla Fleming, who was running for Tori to end the game.
“I’m not sure we’re getting a lot of respect across the state for our record and season,” Rethwisch said. “That’s OK, it’s all up to us now. We’re going back to state and we can let what we do between the lines talk for us.”
DAVID CITY EAST BUTLER (15-13) 000 00 0 0 0 1
WAYNE (28-3) 000 62 – 8 11 0
WP: Tori Kniesche LP: Sierra Harrison.
2B: (W) Josie Thompson, Jamie Gamble, Allison Claussen, Masyn Dorey. 3B: (W) Annie Kniesche. HR: (W) Jenna Trenhaile.