Wayne’s leadoff skills help MVP NY Orlando rebound at Super 17

By DN WRITING STAFF | June 27, 2024

Aydan Wayne doubled twice and had three RBI for MVP NY Orlando. 

By Sean Reilly

Aydan Wayne and his MVP NY Orlando teammates were hoping for a nice bounce back effort on Wednesday afternoon at Diamond Nation. 

It didn’t take long for the leadoff man to help make it happen. 

Wayne showcased both his hitting ability and speed when he hit a double on the second pitch of the bottom of the first inning. 

He showed off his speed two more times in the frame, and it fueled a four-run inning that sent MVP NY Orlando to 13-2 victory over the Connecticut Capitals Prospects at the Super 17 Invitational, Powered By Victus. 

MVP NY Orlando began its four-game, four-day stay at the tournament with a 6-0 win over Philly Bandits 2025 Red on Monday. Tuesday’s result was a 5-1 loss against Maine Lightning Showcase. 

“This was a good comeback win for our team,” Wayne said. “Everything was clicking. Once we’re up, we keep up the pressure and it’s hard for a team to come back on us.” 

That was certainly the case against the CT Capitals Prospects, when two additional runs in the second inning were followed by seven more in the third for an early four-inning finish. 

To make it all even better, the momentum carried into Thursday morning, as a 5-4 win over Sportika Baseball 2025 Blue completed a very successful trip to ‘The Nation.’ 

In the win over the CT Capitals, Wayne’s quickness was evident while racing to second on his first-inning double. It was shown again while crossing to third on Tyler Koenig’s ground out to third. Matthew Martell was then hit by a pitch and Joseph Koppelmann walked to load the bases. 

Justin Chang was up next, and a pitch that squirted several feet from the plate went far enough for Wayne to dart home with the first run. Chang walked to reload the bases, and Matthew Francisci followed with a three-run double to right field. 

The CT Prospects closed to 4-1 when Dashel O’Dell (2-for-2) led off the second inning with a home run to left field. 

MVP NY Orlando added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Christopher Gilroy led off and was hit by a pitch. Gavin Diegnan walked before the next batter struck out. 

That sent Wayne to the plate, and a wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position. He then hit a grounds rule double to left field for two RBI and a 6-1 advantage.

“My approach is to go the other way, hit it to right-center all day,” said Wayne, who recently completed his junior season at Channel View High School. “But I got my pitch and drove it.” 

The CT Prospects scored their second run in the third. Bobby Herzman hit a two-out single to center and O’Dell’s single to left field was compounded by an error that allowed the runner to score. 

MVP NY Orlando put the game out of reach by scoring seven times in the bottom of the third, all after the first two batters struck out.

There was only one hit in the inning that included eight walks against a total of three different pitchers. 

Robert Gilroy, Christopher Gilroy and Caleb Barbera drew RBI walks, with another run scoring on a wild pitch. 

Wayne also walked for his third RBI of the day before Koenig’s two-run single to center closed out the scoring. 

Hunter Gillis was the winning pitcher for MVP NY Orlando. 

The CT Capitals Prospects completed their tournament with a 2-2 record after a 10-2 triumph over Tucci Lumber 2025/2026 on Thursday morning.

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