The Tigers dropped their game to Lutheran St. Charles 8-5, but beat Russellville 3-2 to split their games in their home tournament

WAYNESVILLE — After dropping the their first game to Lutheran St. Charles 8-5 on Friday, the Waynesville Tigers came back on Saturday to defeat Russellville 3-2 in the Waynesville Tournament.

The Tigers piled all three runs on the Indians in the first inning.

Senior Joseph Murray tripled to bring home sophomore Seth Hedrick home on the second at-bat in the inning. Junior catcher Derek Wood singled home Murray and then sophomore Jacob Saylor brought sophomore Trey Simpson home.

Sophomore pitcher Ryan Pendleton kept the Indians off of the basepaths for the most part, giving up four hits over his five innings of work. The only run against him was in the bottom of the fourth. He struck out three batters.

Simpson came in to relieve Pendleton in the sixth inning. He gave up a run on three hits in that inning, the run coming in on a double with two outs, to cut the lead to 3-2.

After the Tigers went down one, two, three in the top of the seventh, the sophomore hurler came back out to attempt to close out the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Simpson sent all three batters back to the dugout, fanning two of them.

The young pitcher usually starts the game on the mound instead of coming in for the latter innings, but he says it isn't too tough of a transition for him.

“You don't get as many pitches to warm up, you don't get to stretch as much,” Simpson said. “But it's not that different, just different times to start pitching.”

His clean, final frame was a chance at redemption for the whole team as the game on Friday against Lutheran St. Charles was thrown away in the late goings.

Waynesville was leading 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth and then the Tigers gave up 6 runs.

Take away that inning and Waynesville pitching surrendered four runs over 13 innings, good for a 2.77 ERA.

“Aside from one inning, all weekend our pitchers did well in the 14 innings that we played,” Turner said.

Lutheran St. Charles ended up winning the tournament as they defeated Russellville too.

Up next for Waynesville, the Tigers will host Glendale on Tuesday.