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July 11, 2014

Moravia falls late to No. 5 Wayne

CORYDON — Until the top of the seventh inning, it appeared Corydon was on track to become upset city, as the unranked Moravia Mohawks held a 1-0 lead after six innings of play against the No. 5 (1-A) Wayne Lady Falcons in the second round of regional play on Wednesday.

Neither side recorded a hit until the third inning.

Wayne’s Mandie Gassman recorded the Lady Falcons’ first hit of the ball game in the top of the third. Gassman hit a two-out single and would eventually reach third on a wild pitch before Moravia recorded the final out of the inning.

In the bottom half of the third, Moravia’s Ellie Wenger hit a single, but wouldn’t make it past first base before the inning was over.

Moravia broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, after Hannah Eastlick led off with a double to right field to start the inning. She advanced to second base on a wild pitch before she would score on a single by Autumn McDanel.

Moravia still held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the seventh, needing just three outs to secure a second round regional upset.

The first batter for Wayne, Dally Veach, flew out to the second baseman.

The second batter of the inning, Gabriella Buban, hit a single to left field.

Buban moved to third on a single by Makayla Andrews. Andrews would steal second base before Mandie Gassman hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

That flyout scored Buban to tie the game at 1-1.

Wayne’s Brennan Banks reached the base paths on an error by Moravia. Moravia appeared to have Banks caught up in a rundown between second and third for what would have been the third out.

However, an error there would allow Andrews and Banks to both score, giving Wayne a 3-1 lead.

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