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Wayne's most memorable at-bat

Alexis Wayne had 417 at-bats in her five-year high school softball career, but there's one she'll never forget.

The Depew senior, named Western New York's Player of the Year, hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat rival Lancaster. The score was tied 2-2 when Wayne stepped to the plate.

"I figured I'm a senior, I'm a captain, and I've got to step up," Wayne said. "It was like [tied] 1-1, and I just went after the pitch, and it just happened to go over [the fence] and we won. They're supposed to be the better school, the bigger school. We knew it would be a really big win if we came out on top. We knew we would have to play our best."

Wayne leaves Depew having achieved many milestones. The 46 hits she had a sophomore broke the school record of 43 held by Ellie Hanover since 1993. She batted over .500 in her sophomore and junior years and finished with a career average of .427.

Wayne will attend Niagara University in the fall on a partial athletic scholarship.

Wayne was one of 14 players named to the All-Western New York softball team that appears in today's editions of The Buffalo News.

---Mary Jo Monnin


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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