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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