Kniesche’s 11 K’s Pace Wayne to Third Straight Win

WAYNE – The incredible is becoming routine for sophomore Tori Kniesche.

The Wayne High pitcher struck out 11 Columbus Lakeview batters (one above her season average per game) and gave up just one hit, helping the Blue Devils to an 8-0 five-inning win over the Vikings.

You would think an effort like that would satisfy Kniesche. You’d be wrong.

“I was hoping I wouldn’t give up any hits,” Kniesche, who has already totaled 121 K’s on the season, said after the game. “I was hoping I would strike out more batters. I think I lost my confidence a little pitching.”

Any lack of confidence didn’t show, as all 11 of Kniesche’s strikeouts set Lakeview batters down swinging. Kniesche also pitched a golden inning in the third – three batters, three strikeouts on nine pitches.

Kniesche was backed by a solid offensive effort, with Wayne racking up eight runs on 11 hits, including 2 RBI performances from senior Jenna Trenhaile and junior Sydney Biggerstaff.

Lakeview’s lone hit came on a perfectly place bunt down the first base line by Caitlin Buck to lead off the fourth, but she ended up stranded there.

With the win. Wayne improves to 10-2 on the year ahead of a road contest Thursday against Tekamah-Herman. Lakeview’s loss drops them to 2-7, with their home invitational coming up this weekend.

BOX SCORE

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
LAKEVIEW – 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 3
WAYNE – 0 1 0 5 2 – 8 11 0

LAKEVIEW

Emma Williams – 0-2
Caitlin Buck – 1-2
Shelby Berger – 0-2
Kaitlyn Kleinheskel – 0-2
Jessica Sand – 0-1, 1 BB
Kaylea Bailey – 0-2
Savanna Denton – 0-2
Kathleen Howland – 0-2
Makenna Klug – 0-1

Caitlin Buck – 4 1/3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

WAYNE

Jenna Trenhaile – 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Kennedy Maly – 2-3, 2 2B, 1 R
Annie Kniesche – 1-2, 1 BB
Sidney Biggerstaff – 1-3, 2 RBI
Tori Kniesche – 0-3
Jamie Gamble – 2-3, 1 3B, 2 R
Abby Ankeny – 1-1, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 R
Masyn Dorey – 1-3, 2 R
Josie Thompson – 1-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB
Kayla Fleming – 1-1

Tori Kniesche – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

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