Gabriella Buban puts the ball in play against Interstate 35’s Carlyn Stanley. Buban would later drive in the winning run off of Stanley, leading the Lady Falcons to a 2-1 victory over the Roadrunners to a secure a crucial win in clinching the Pride of Iowa Conference title. Photo by Jason Selby
Pride of Iowa Conference champion Wayne finished off the 2015 regular season with a 11-0 victory over Southwest Valley in Corydon last Friday night. The Lady Falcons finished 20-4, just ahead of Interstate 35 and Martensdale-St. Mary's to bring home the title.
Dally Veach led Wayne with a homerun and 4 RBI. She finished second in the conference with a .549 batting average, but won the title in slugging percentage, .951, and doubles, 14. Assistant coach Greg Fortune attributed much of his freshman daughter Haylee Fortune’s success on the mound to Veach’s presence behind the plate. After shutting out Southwest Valley in 5 innings with 8 strikeouts and 0 walks, Haylee finished first in the conference with a 1.52 ERA. She also hit a homerun, walking twice and scoring 3 runs. Jul 6, 2015, 13:35
June 25 was senior night for the Lady Falcons. Honorary captain was Deb McDannald, middle. Wayne softball seniors, from left to right: Dally Veach, Shania Austin, Mary Downs and Gabriella Buban. Photo by Heidi Bellon
LADY FALCONS RANKED NUMBER 12 IN FIRST 2015 POLL
With 7 games still scheduled to be played, the Lady Falcons found out their playoff destination last week, while the first IGHSAU rankings of 2015 found Wayne in 12th place in Class 1A. Wayne will play their first playoff game at home against either Mount Ayr or Diagonal, Wed., July 8 at 7 p.m.
While freshman pitcher Haylee Fortune has found her groove, leading the Pride of Iowa Conference in ERA at 1.78, Wayne struggled a bit at the plate the last 3 games. Jun 29, 2015, 14:12
Wayne's Shania Austin makes a fantastic diving catch in centerfield. Photo by Heather Hackney
SENIOR SHANIA AUSTIN HITS 2 HOMERUNS, DRIVES IN 8 AND STEALS 4 BASES TO LEAD WAYNE OVER WASHINGTON AND IOWA VALLEY
The Wayne softball team traveled to the Oskaloosa tournament on June 20, and handily won the championship by beating Washington 11-3 and Iowa Valley 10-0. Shania Austin was brilliant, hitting a homerun in both games, giving her a 3-game homerun streak. She also made a spectacular diving catch in centerfield.
Haylee Fortune went 6 innings against Washington, allowing no earned runs, walking 2 and striking out 4. She also hit a double, one of Wayne’s 6 doubles on the game, scored a run and stole a base. Dally Veach hit 3 of the Lady Falcons’ doubles, scored 3 runs and stole 1 base. Jun 22, 2015, 11:13
Wayne's Bailey Andrews throws from the ground as the softball passes pitcher Haylee Fortune. Photo by Heather Hackney
AFTER DEMI AUSTIN TIES GAME WITH HOMERUN IN 7TH INNING, WAYNE FINISHES IT OFF WITH 5 RUNS IN 9TH FOR BIG ROAD WIN
Wayne went into the bottom of the 6th inning with a 9-5 lead at Martensdale. Earlier in the year, the Lady Falcons had beaten the Blue Devils to avenge last year’s state tournament loss. It looked like an easy sweep.
But MSM stormed back to score 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th to take a 1-run lead into the last inning. Hero of the day was Demi Austin, who stepped to the plate in the 7th and hit her first homerun of the season, tying it at 10 to send the ballgame into extra innings. Jun 18, 2015, 09:42