Everyone look up. C.D. Kunzie at bat during Wayne’s 12-2 win against Mount Ayr. Photo by Jenny Nickell
After contests against Murray on Monday night at home, the Falcons and Lady Falcons are set to play the division leaders in their conference, both of which are from Martensdale-St. Mary’s. The Blue Devil boys come into the game at 15-3, while the MSM girls are 12-2. The Wayne softball girls expected to be in this position. For those keeping close tabs on the baseball program, the matchup between the top two Pride of Iowa teams is more of a surprise—second year head coach Denver Walker has the Falcons playing smart, disciplined baseball.
“Next week is going to be a long week with all the games we have,” Walker said, referring to their five-game week, ending at 3A Clarke of Osceola on Saturday. They play the first two at home, with the big one for the Falcons being Tuesday night’s showdown with MSM. Last Friday, Wayne picked up a win in their first home game of the year, beating Mount Ayr, 12-2, with Dillon Lain earning his second victory on the mound, and Trent Moore hitting the first homerun for the Falcons this year. Lain finished a six-inning performance with no earned runs and 9 strikeouts, and Moore had 2 hits and 4 RBI to lead the Falcons.
“Dillon threw about as well I have seen him throw through the first four innings,” Walker said. “Trent Moore hit his first career homerun, and would have had two, but his second one was caught on the warning track in dead center. He had been pressing a little at the plate, so I was glad he broke out a bit.”
With the long week against some tough teams ahead of them, Walker is not backing down from his expectations, and his attention to detail. He’s proving himself an excellent teacher of the game.
“The one part of the game I was disappointed in was the defensive end,” Walker said of his team’s effort against Mount Ayr. “We followed up one of our best defensive games of the year at Southeast Warren with one of our worst. I think the guys were excited to play in front of their home crowd for the first time this year, and that may have played into our defensive woes a little.”
Trevor Wilson and Blayde Baker each had 2 hits, and C.D. Kunzie scored 3 runs and stole 2 bases.
Wayne is now 7-1 going in to Monday’s contest with Murray.
For the Lady Falcons, Head Coach Heather Fortune hopes to guide her club to victory against a Blue Devils squad that beat them 6-2 earlier this year, and who ended their season in 2013. But first they face a non-conference opponent in 12-0 Murray Monday night. Wayne is 11-4 on the season, and appears to be realigning themselves at the plate. A big part of that resurgence has been Brennan Banks, who hit 3 homeruns in 2 straight games last week, leading her team to a 4-1 record.
In last Thursday’s win at Southeast Warren, Wayne slugged 11 extra base hits, including homeruns by Banks and MaryAnn Downs, and a 4 for 4 performance—on 4 doubles—by senior pitcher Breanna Fortune, who also moved over the 100-strike mark on the season in Friday’s 10-0 win against Mount Ayr, with Downs going 3 for 3 at the plate. Fortune allowed no hits, her second such performance since a perfect game to start the season.
The schedule doesn’t get easier for the Lady Falcons, as they play Centerville at home Wednesday night. They end the week playing at the Oskaloosa tournament on Sat., June 21, and are back home next Mon., June 23 against Lenox.