Waynesville squeaked past Dixon Wednesday after two key players came through to capture the win, defeating Dixon 16-12.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead scoring five total runs in the first three innings.
Dixon added their first runs in the top of the third, making the score 5-2 at the end of the inning.
Then in the top of the fourth, Dixon's offense came alive. Senior shortstop Hunter Yoakum slapped a go-ahead three-run home run, which sparked a seven-run rally as the Bulldogs took the lead, 9-5.
"The home run brought us back," Yoakum said. "It was a big turning point in the game."
Waynesville's starting pitcher junior Morena Coonrod allowed nine runs—five earned—in four innings pitched, and the Tigers trailed 9-7 at the end of the fourth inning, after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Dixon added two runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning, giving the team an even bigger cushion to work with, 11-7.
Slowly, Waynesville clawed at the Dixon lead in the bottom of the fifth after scoring four runs thanks to a one-out, two RBI double by freshman infielder Jordan Kane, who later scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 11.
Waynesville sophomore pitcher Diamond Thomas held the Bulldogs offense scoreless in the top of the sixth.
With the game still knotted at 11, a hit and a couple walks loaded the bases for Coonrod, a pitcher who has been pleading for a big hit all season.
"I've been waiting for a hit for so long, basically all season." Coonrod said. "I really wanted a hit really bad."
Then it happened; Coonrod belted a base-clearing, three RBI triple to give Waynesville a lead they would never relinquish.
Waynesville won 16-12, avenging a Dixon loss from a year ago.
Tigers head coach Kelly Jackson was very pleased with the way her team slowly fought for a victory.
"Our girls fought and we came out ahead," Jackson said. "We continued to cut [the Dixon lead] in half every inning until we finally got over that hump. This [win] was huge."
Dixon head coach Michael Flaugher was disappointed in the loss, but was proud of the way his team performed offensively.
Page 2 of 2 - "We've been hitting the ball well," Flaugher said. "We hit the ball well enough to win, but didn't make enough plays to beat a good team."
Next scheduled contests:
Thursday Sept. 14 vs. Salem, Monday Sept. 17 vs. Salem