Second year head coach Braiden Black is pleased with the play of his Lady Bulldogs, now 17-7. He is optimistic that they are on the upswing for the second half of the schedule.
“We’re starting to play a lot better and over the last 10 days we have been playing our best softball of the year,” the coach said.
“I’m hopeful that we’re ramping up and will be at our best by the time Districts roll around.”
Last week Wayne was in the Sterling tournament and notched wins over Kiefer and Ringling, while falling to Marlow and Apache.
A 4-2 victory over the Lady Trojans of Kiefer kicked off the tournament.
“This was a good, clean defensive game. We held them to just two runs and never trailed,” Black said.
Haiden Parker, a mainstay in the circle, pitched well, striking out three.
Bailey Kennedy, Allie Walck and Mayce Trejo stood out for the coach at the plate.
Up next was Marlow, but the Wayne fell to the Lady Outlaws 6-1.
According to the coach, the game would have been low-scoring if not for an inning that got out of hand.
Parker, in the circle, walked four batters then gave up a grand slam to score four runs for Marlow.
But, Black was pleased with the defensive effort of his team.
“We played good defense again. We didn’t do anything to beat ourselves, they’re just a really good team. Marlow hit the ball well,” the coach said.
Kamryn Moss provided the lone hit for the Lady Bulldogs.
She also scored the lone run in the loss on a sacrifice fly RBI by Kaylee Madden.
Game three was a 6-5 extra-inning win over Ringling.
Moss started the game off big for Wayne with a grand slam to score their first four runs. She had two hits in the win.
Kennedy added three hits in the win and Maddison Hunt and Walck had two a piece.
Parker was hot in the circle with eight strike outs and just three walks.
“I’m proud of Haiden. She pitched really well for us against Ringling,” Black said.
To round out the tournament, Wayne faced Apache and fell to the Lady Warriors 9-1.
“They had 12 hits in five innings and just struck the ball really well. Our hits were good hard-hit balls, but they were right to their defense.”
Kennedy, Walck, Madden and Trejo each had a hit for Wayne in the loss.
Wayne was on the road at Paoli Monday where they eked out the 7-5 win over the Lady Pugs.
Tuesday they were scheduled to be in Fletcher and then Healdton Thursday.
The Friday game with Maysville was cancelled.