In the first game of the Clarke tournament on the first day of summer, Wayne lost for the second straight time to league-leading Martensdale-St. Mary’s, 11-1.
“It just felt like we were still deflated from the first Martensdale loss on Thursday,” head coach Denver Walker said. “I feel like we've been sleep walking since that loss, and I'm hoping that this tournament was a bit of a wake-up call."
Cade Christian made his first appearance on the mound, as did Kenton Lain. Trevor Wilson finished the game in the 5th with a scoreless inning and a strikeout. Wilson was also the only Falcon to get a hit, with 2 singles, an RBI and a stolen base.
“Cade got his first start of the year against Martensdale, and did a good job throwing strikes for us, which is all I ask of our pitchers,” Walker said. “We just had too many small mental mistakes, and we dug ourselves a hole we couldn't climb out of. We talked about doing all of the little things right throughout the course of a game—hitting the cut-off man, holding runners on, making adjustments during an at bat—we just didn't do a good job of executing any of the little things.
“One good thing we got out of the Martensdale game was that we got a lot of different guys some playing time. I think we had five guys come off the bench, and any varsity experience those guys can get will help us down the road.”
Things went better for the Falcons against Clarke of Osceola, but Walker still found issues to work on in practice.
“The trend continued against Clarke in the second game. Chey [Homann] threw the ball well on the mound, but I think he presses a bit at times, and he walked a few guys that got him into some trouble. Trevor came in and threw the last four innings and recovered well after having a rocky outing against Martensdale earlier in the week.”
The left-handed Homann struck out 6 batters to move to 2-0, while lowering his ERA to 1.40. Wilson was impressive, striking out 5 and allowing only 1 walk and no earned runs. Homann also got a hit with 2 walks and a stolen base, and Wilson got 2 hits, scored 2 runs with an RBI and a stolen base.
At the top of the lineup, centerfielder C.D. Kunzie had a hit, an RBI, 2 runs and 2 stolen bases. Dillon Lain came up a homerun short of hitting for the cycle, with a double, triple, 3 runs and 4 RBI. Kenton Lain got 2 hits with 2 RBI. Keyton Nickell had 2 hits with a run and an RBI.
“We've got a really tough week, with games against Lenox [tonight at home, 6 p.m.], Pleasantville, and a doubleheader against Central Decatur before traveling up to Waterloo to play a pair of games. This week will really make or break us, and I have some confidence after putting in a little extra work after the tournament on Saturday that we'll all show up to the park with a better mindset on Monday.”