Wayne Astrauskas began his baseball career at Kaskaskia College as a catcher in the spring of 2000 and caught almost every inning during his two year career at Kaskaskia College. Wayne had impressive career stats including a batting average of .385, twenty-five doubles, four triples and twelve home runs. Eleven of those homeruns were in his sophomore season. Wayne also had eighty RBIs and an on base average of .507 and was named to the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Team in 2001.
After graduating from Kaskaskia College, Wayne continued his education on an athletic scholarship at Quincy University and was named to the Great Lakes Athletic All Conference Team in 2003 and the Second Team All Region in 2003. Using only wooden bats in conference play, Wayne’s batting average was .321 for his junior year and .314 in his senior year. Wayne was also named Second Team All-Region in his sophomore year.
In the summers, Wayne played for the Bluff City Bombers, a wooden bat collegiate league and was a League All Star in 2001 and 2002. He was also named Co-Most Valuable Player in the league in 2002. Wayne played four seasons of professional baseball in independent baseball leagues. The highlight of his professional career came when he caught for the 2003 Frontier League Champion, Gateway Grizzlies.