COLUMBIA, Mo. — Waynesville baseball took a beating this weekend in Columbia Hickman when they played the Kewpies as well as Vianney (ranked no. 9 in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association poll) Saturday, losing both games via the run rule.

The Tigers (0-4) lost 12-2 to Hickman and 12-0 to Vianney.

Coach Scott Turner said his team struggled offensively in both games.

“We couldn't get on base against Vianney and against Hickman we could not capitalize in situations with runners on base,” Turner said. “In the Hickman game we stranded nine runners.”

In blowout games it's tough to find things to point out as positives, but Turner brought out his magnifying glass and found a couple.

“The first was [senior] Trent Simpson,” Turner said. “He started the game against Hickman and threw four quality innings only letting up one run while striking out five. That gives him seven quality innings this season.”

As the season goes on, Turner said. It'll be important for them to stretch his arm out so he can throw for more innings per game.

That actually goes for all pitchers.

“We need to get more quality innings out of our pitchers,” Turner said. “We have a limited amount of pitchers and we need to do a better job of being more economical with our pitches. Right now, we are throwing 25 pitches or so an inning and we need to get that down to around 15.”

Two solutions, according to the coach, is to get ahead in the count and pitch to contact, two things Simpson was able to do versus Hickman.

The second bright spot for Waynesville on Saturday was defense.

“We had just two errors on the day (one in each game), which is a huge improvement for us [considering] the past few games,” Turner said.

The other two regular season games this season featured nine errors total. One error a game is much easier to swallow for Turner.