Wayne Seniors Win In Zeiss' Last Home Game
Posted: 09 July, 2013
WAYNE (KTCH/KCTY) – The humidity and temperature was high, making for a muggy and almost miserable night in northeast Nebraska, and still a large crowd of Wayne faithful gathered at Hank Overin Memorial field Tuesday night to watch longtime Legion coach Jeff Zeiss in his final home game.
The Wayne seniors hosted Norfolk in a nine inning contest that was anything but routine. Wayne committed seven errors defensively in the first four innings, and Norfolk led at one point 4-2. Eventually though, the Wayne seniors adapted the calm demeanor that Zeiss has expressed for decades, settled down and changed the flow of the game. Wayne plated four runs in the fifth innings, followed by one in the sixth and two more in the seventh, and eventually took the game from Norfolk 9-5.
“We were a little jittery,” Zeiss said. “It wasn’t always pretty, but we found a way to get it done.” Offensively, Wayne was able to record 10 hits on the game, and was paced by Brad Longe who had three hits, including a triple, and an RBI. Brady Soden had two hits with a double and an RBI, Corey Doorlag had a pair of hits with a double and two RBIs, while Danny Melena added a hit. Longe was the winning pitcher in relief of Brady Soden, surrendering just one run on two hits and three walks.
After the game, Zeiss commented on what he’ll miss the most once the season is over. “You know, it’s about the kids, and it always has been, that’s why I’ve done this,” Zeiss said. “The championships that we’ve won have been nice, but it’s just the relationships, that’s what I’ll miss. And putting on the uniform.”
Zeiss has been head coach of the Wayne senior Legion program since 1992 and the win at home marked number 463 on his career. Before the game, the Marty Summerfield awards were presented to players, and the seniors were recognized for their efforts throughout the years.
The Wayne seniors travel to Pierce for a contest on Wednesday.
Above: The Initials "JZ" were written in chalk behind home plate to commemorate coach Zeiss' final home game.