One bad inning ruined an otherwise good game for the Waynesville High School baseball team Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers gave up four runs in the top of the fourth and lost to Springfield Glendale 4-0.
A single mental error— a mishandled ground ball to first— started a deluge of runs for the Falcons.
Following the error, Tiger pitcher Matt Hesteness gave up two walks, two doubles and a single as the Falcons batted around and scored four runs.
“We made one mistake there and didn’t clean up after it,” WHS coach Scott Turner said. “Matt walked two that inning, had a couple doubles... it was a combination of those small things that add up and were the difference in that inning.”
The Falcons didn't score again, but the Tigers (now 1-14, 0-6 Ozark Conference) couldn’t answer at the plate.
Glendale pitcher Trey Watson allowed only one Tiger hit. The Falcon junior southpaw fanned 10 Tiger hitters and fooled them with a nasty curveball.
“We saw a lot more curves as the game went on, and our guys struggled a bit,” Turner said. “He’s also the first lefty we’ve faced in a long time, so that might have something to do with it.”
Sophomore James Holler got the lone Tiger hit, a single between short and third in the first inning.
Watson pitched 6 2/3 innings but loaded the bases in the sixth with two walks and a hit batter. Senior TJ Wichman came in to get the final out, a strikeout.
Glendale (10-5, 5-1 conference) collected five hits.
The Tigers travel to West Plains Thursday for another Ozark Conference game. West Plains was 8-6 going into Tuesday night.