Tigers lose another one-run game but look much improved vs. Lebanon

For the second consecutive game, the Waynesville High School baseball team mounted comeback to have a chance to win in the final inning.

And for the second consecutive game, the Tigers came one run short.

The Tigers lost 8-7 to the Lebanon Yellowjackets Tuesday night, only four days after losing a heartbreaking 11-10 extra inning contest with Marshfield.

The Tigers are now 0-5 against Class 4 District 10 opponents, 0-4 in the Ozark Conference and 1-11 overall.

“We did two things well tonight: We hit well and played defense pretty well,” Waynesville head coach Scott Turner said. “Pitching was the problem.”

The Yellowjackets (6-8 overall, 1-4 Ozark Conference and 2-2 against district opponents) took advantage of eight Waynesville free passes— a combination of walks and hit batsmen— and jumping on the Tigers for two runs in the first inning off only one hit. They also scored five runs in the third off four hits.

“We hit the ball better lately, but we didn’t hit the ball as well as we should have today,” Yellowjacket coach Paul Dudley said.

After Lebanon took the early lead, Waynesville charged back in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs off five hits.

In the top half of the sixth, the Jackets plated one on two hits to make it 8-5.

In the bottom of the sixth, Sam Dowling walked, then stole second and reached third on an error. Lebanon pitcher John Ruble struck out the next two Tigers looking but Kevin Jones hit an infield single to score Dowling and make it 8-6.

Then pinch hitter Romeo Flores hit a long double to center, scoring Jones and making it 8-7.

Waynesville’s next hitter, David Faulkner, hit a bloop to center that might have scored Flores— that is, if center fielder Cody Pentecost hadn’t laid out to make an outstanding shoestring catch, robbing a base hit and leaving the game 8-7.

Waynesville reliever Patrick Holt held the Jackets in the seventh but Austin Harris retired the Tigers 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning to end the game.

The Tigers will take part in the Central Bank Wood Bat Tournament this weekend.

They’re in the Camdenton pool, which will feature hosts Camdenton as well as Troy and Class 3 No. 3-ranked Harrisonville. Lebanon also hosts a portion of the bracket; they'll play Licking, Ladue and Timberland.