CHARITON — The Wayne Lady Falcons will be on their way to Ft. Dodge next week.
Wayne defeated Mt. Ayr 14-2 on Monday night, clinching a state tournament berth and their 27th win of the season. They needed just three innings to claim the victory and a clean sweep of the Class 1-A Region 6 tournament.
Breanna Fortune, who has pitched all but 12 2/3 innings this season, picked up the three-inning victory from the mound for Wayne. She allowed four hits and two-unearned runs while throwing two strikeouts.
Fortune joined Shania Austin and Demi Austin as Lady Falcons who hit a home run on Monday. Fortune led offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run and five RBIs.
Wayne opened the regional tournament with a bye. In the second round, they hosted Moravia and nearly fell until a late seventh inning rally resulted in three runs. They’d win that game 3-1.
Last Friday, Wayne hosted Lamoni, where they’d win 8-0 to bring them to Monday’s regional final.
Wayne (25-7) will open state tournament play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Martensdale St. Marys (25-4). If they win, Wayne will play the winner of Akron-Westfield/Gidden-Ralston on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. If Wayne loses, they’ll play the loser of the Akron-Westfield/Gidden-Ralston on Wednesday at noon.
Wayne 14, Mt. Ayr 2 (3 innings)
WAY 545 — 14 11
MTA 200 — 2 4
Wayne battery — Breanna Fortune [W, 25-7] (3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K).
Hits — Brennan Banks 1-1, Dally Veach 1-2, Mary Ann Downs 2-2, Fortune 3-3, Shania Austin 1-3, Demi Austin 1-3, Gabriella Buban 1-3, Mandie Gassman 1-3. 2B — Downs 2, Fortune, Buban. HR — Fortune, S. Austin, D. Austin. RBI — Downs 5, Fortune 5, S. Austin 2, D. Austin 2. Runs — Banks 3, Veach 3, Bailey Andrews 3, Downs 2, S. Austin, D. Austin, Gassman. SB — Downs.