The Waynesville High School softball did something they had never done before, beat West Plains.
In the eight years since the softball program returned to Waynesville, the Tigers have never been able win against West Plains, and that changed on Thursday night when Waynesville won 7-5.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Waynesville head coach Kelly Jackson. “(Sophomore) Diamond Thomas had an outstanding pitching performance for us tonight, the bats came alive and we were able to score runs.”
West Plains took an early 1-0 lead but Waynesville would strike back in the bottom of the first inning, scoring four runs, capped by a two run triple from Thomas that plated both senior first baseman Lesley Larson and junior catcher Alexa Ochoa to give Waynesville a 4-1 lead.
Thomas ran into a little trouble in the top of the fourth as West Plains scored two runs to make it 4-3. West Plains would add another run in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4.
With the scored tied, the Tiger bats went to work again, Thomas would reach base on a single and then steal second base, two pitches later freshman designated player CJ Parker doubled to left center field to drive in Thomas. The scoring did not stop there as junior center fielder Jessica Kane doubled to left center field to drive in Parker.
After Kane stole third base, junior third baseman Sara Crum picked up her third RBI of the game, driving in Kane with an infield single to give Waynesville a 7-4 lead.
West Plains added one more run in the top of the seventh, but Thomas settled down and got the final out to give Waynesville the victory.
Waynesville is now 2-2 on the season and 2-0 in the conference. Thomas and Crum both went 2-3 in the game.
Waynesville will play at home against Lebanon on Sept. 5.