One night after losing a close game to Springfield Kickapoo, the Waynesville High School softball team bounced back and defeated the Lebanon Yellow Jackets 7-2 on Wednesday night.
“Like I have said since day one, if we put runs on the board, we can beat anybody,” said head coach Kelly Jackson.
Waynesville got the scoring going early putting four runs across in the bottom of the second inning. Junior outfielder Alex Ochoa reached first on an error and that allowed both junior third baseman Sara Crum and sophomore catcher Katelynn Miller to score.
Ochoa scored after senior second baseman Taylar Mata bunted her in. Sophomore outfielder Diamond Thomas completed the scoring coming in after junior outfielder Jessica Kane laid down a sacrifice bunt.
That was all the run support that junior pitcher Marena Coonrod needed as she shut down Lebanon the rest of the game.
“She (Coonrod) was on,” said Jackson. “This is probably one of the best games she has pitched all season and she has pitched well all season. Her pitches were moving, she was hitting spots and that was a great win for her.”
Crum came around and scored again in the bottom of the third inning on a single to left by Miller.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Miller scored after Ochoa singled to left. Then in the bottom of the sixth inning Coonrod scored the final run of the game for Waynesville coming home on a triple by freshman shortstop Jordan Kane.
Lebanon scored one run in each of the fourth and sixth innings for the Jackets two runs.
Waynesville will travel to Iberia to take on the Rangers tonight at 5 p.m.