For the last games of the 18U team, Waynesville lost the first one and won the second giving the Warriors a 13-8 mark for the season
WAYNESVILLE — For some, it was the last summer games of their high school baseball career in Waynesville on Wednesday.
The Waynesville Warriors 18-and-under team wound down their season with a doubleheader finale against Vienna, and the teams traded wins with Vienna winning the first game 7-5 and Waynesville taking the late match 4-1 in five innings.
In the first game, Vienna grabbed a 6-3 lead in four innings.
Waynesville cut into the lead in the fifth inning and took two runs back, but they couldn't score anymore for the remaining innings and Vienna ended up winning 7-5.
To kick off the late game, Ryan Pendleton brought in a run in the first inning on a single to take a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors kept building on their lead in the second when Derek Wood walked to bring in Jacob Woodward, but a caught line drive by the third baseman and a quick step on the bag ended a rally with a bases-loaded double play.
After Vienna scored a run in the third on a passed ball, Pendleton scored on a throwing error to push the score to 3-1.
The fourth and final Waynesville run came after Seth Hedrick walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth.
Waynesville coach Scott Turner said he thought his team had a great summer
“I enjoyed this summer,” Turner said to his team after the game. “I thought we had a lot of fun and I hope we can carry this atmosphere into next school year. But next year, during school ball, we're going to work your butts hard the whole time.
“This offseason we're going to get lifting right away. As soon as school starts. We're going to work on everything that is in our power to work on.”
The Waynesville Warriors 18U team finished with a 13-8 record.
Turner said he has seen improvements across the board from the group from their days during spring ball.
“I thought we ran the bases a lot more aggressive and made a lot of things happen with our legs,” Turner said. “We definitely hit the ball better this summer even against good pitching. We hit our pitches and hitting the fastballs.”
Without help though, Turner said, none of it would have been possible.
“I want to thank my coaches [Bob] Jones for helping out and putting in a lot of time, he's always out here with the kids,” Turner said. “And coach [Chad] Bolin. He also works a lot for the boys and makes sure the ballpark and field is already done for us by the time [the team] gets here [to play].”
He also wanted to make sure their local Legion Post gets the recognition they deserve.
“Post 331 makes it a lot cheaper for our kids to play,” Turner said. “They make it affordable as opposed to having to pay five, six, seven or eight hundred dollars.”