Wayne Juniors 1-1 in Class B state tournament

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WAHOO -- The Wayne American Legion Post 43 Juinors lost their first game of the season in the opening round of the Class B American Legion Juinors state tournament, but are still alive after the first two days of action in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

Wayne opened Saturday morning with a 9-0 loss to Plattsmouth, the first loss of the year for the locals, who came into the tournament with a spotless 24-0 record.

Plattsmouth scored two runs in the first inning, then took control with three in the third and three more in the fourth, tagging Wayne pitching for a season-high 18 hits and taking advantage of a pair of Post 43 miscues.

Wayne's offense never got going, as Plattsmouth limited the locals to just three hits in the contest, singles by Gavin Redden, Devin Anderson and Aiden Liston. Wyatt Heikes pitched 2 1/3 innings and took the loss.

The Post 43 Juniors came back strong on Sunday, getting a solid pitching effort from Redden and using the bunt to post a 5-1 win over Alliance in a losers bracket matchup.

Four of Wayne's five runs scored without benefit of a hit. Wayne put two runs across in the first inning on sacrifice bunts by Liston and Kaleb Moormeier, added another run when Jase Dean scored on a wild pitch, then used another bunt to bring home the final run. Anderson had an RBI single in the fifth inning as well.

Redden pitched a complete-game win for the 25-1 Juniors, striking out five and walking one while scattering eight hits.

Wayne faces Wahoo in a 4 p.m. matchup Monday at Sam Crawford Field in Wahoo.

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