After dropping the first game 12-9 the Warriors' pitching shuts down Rolla 13-2 in the second game of the doubleheader on Tuesday
ROLLA — It was a tale of two games in Rolla on Tuesday for the Waynesville Warriors (9-4) 18-and-under team.
In the first game of the doubleheader the Warriors' seventh inning rally fell short and they lost 12-9.
They fared much better in the second game, winning 13-2 in five innings.
The difference was not giving up big innings to the Bulldogs.
After putting three runs up on the board in the first inning of the first game, Waynesville gave up six in the bottom of the frame. Then in the bottom of the fourth three runs were scored, two on a passed ball.
It was clearly a formula for disaster, as pointed out by Waynesville coach Scott Turner.
“Sloppiness defensively and walks killed us,” Turner said. “In the first four innings we walked 10 guys. That's tough.”
The Warriors made a run at Rolla's 12-5 lead in the top of the seventh with Derek Emperato scoring Trey Simpson on an infield single to kick off the rally. Jacob Woodward drove in two with a single down the right-field line and an RBI single from Derek Wood cut the lead to 12-9, but their efforts after that fell short.
It was enough to give a cause of concern for Rolla coach Karl Odenwald though, who said it wouldn't be a Rolla and Waynesville game if it weren't for drama.
“In the last inning whoever is up three or five, whatever it is, the other team makes them sweat and puts the tying or go-ahead run on base at some point,” he said. “We've come to expect it. I was just glad to see our pitcher battle through it and get the job done.”
The Warriors still hit Rolla's pitching well, especially in the second game in which they hit .318 and had a .545 on-base percentage.
Trey Simpson swung the big bat for Waynesville, finishing with five RBI on two hits. He also stole home in the third inning to make it 9-0.
“I think we hit the ball well,” Turner said. “I think this can be a great hitting team if we keep this up, because [Rolla] won districts this year.”
The biggest difference in the two games was Waynesville's pitching.
Ryan Pendleton was the man on the mound for the win, throwing five innings and giving up two runs (neither earned) on four hits and a single walk while striking out eight.
Pendleton moved to 4-0 after the win and lowered his earned-run average to .45. Waynesville has won in all six games he has appeared in.
The Warriors' next game will be against Florissant on Friday in the Lebanon tournament in Conway at 4:00 p.m. They will play Conway after that at about 6:30 p.m.