Wayne High survives in state baseball


A wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh brought home the winning run and kept the Wayne High baseball team alive in the Class C State Baseball Championships.

Alex Rodriguez led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice by Devin Anderson and raced home when a wild pitch got away from the Plattsmouth catcher, giving Wayne a 3-2 win Monday's elimination game at Fricke Field in Papillion.

Wayne got on the board in the first when Gavin Redden tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brooks Kneifl.

Plattsmouth tied the game in the third and added another run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead, but Wayne knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Anderson came home on a sac fly by Aiden Liston.

That set the stage for the wild finish, as Rodriguez led off with an opposite-field double to right and advanced when Anderson's sac bunt couldn't be fielded by the Plattsmouth defense. Two pitches later, Redden squared around to bunt, but the ball got away and Anderson slid head-first into home with the winning run for the 15-8 Blue Devils.

Redden had a big day for the winners on both sides of the ledger. He was 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and run scored and threw a complete-game win with six hits and no walks while striking out two.

Wayne will face Central City/Fullerton/Centura Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Omaha Westside. The winner will have to beat Omaha Roncalli twice on Wednesday to advance to Thursday's championship game.