The Waynesville baseball team played a pair of games last week, facing off against Marshfield on Thursday, March 22 and Osage on Friday. The Tigers lost to Marshfield 7-5, before beating Osage 18-4 for their first win of the season.

Waynesville scored two runs in the first and the second inning giving them a 4-0 lead early in the game against Marshfield on Thursday. The Blue Jays batts heated up in the fifth inning as they scored five runs. The Tigers were able to tie the game back up with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Waynesville was not able to hold Marshfield off in the top of the seventh inning and finished the game with seven runs. The Blue Jays had six hits while the Tigers had three as a team.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Eric Kane who scored two runs and one run batted in. Kane was one for two in hitting. Noach Ochoa, Briley Wade, and Collin Crockett also had run in the close loss.

The Tigers Tanner Simpson pitched 4.2 innings and allowed five run from five hits. He also had four strikeouts in the game. Ethan Brown pitched two inning and allowed two run on one hit. He also struck two players outs. Noah Ochoa pitched against one batter in the game.

Head Waynesville Tigers Head Coach Scott Turner said this when asked to describe the game, “We lost another close on five to seven to Marshfield. We had a 4-0 lead in the top of the 5th when Marshfield found a way to put up a big inning scoring five runs. We tied it up in the bottom of the fifth at five each. They later extended their lead to 7-5 in the top of the seventh when they added two more runs.”

The Junior Varsity Tigers lost their game 4-5.

The Waynesville Tigers then picked up their first win on Friday night against the School of the Osage Indians.

Both teams remained scoreless in the first two inning till the Waynesville hitters heated up the bats and scored eight runs in third inning. After the Indians scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers led 8-1 till the sixth inning when both teams scored two run a piece. Waynesville picked up the pace again and closed the game out with another eight run inning in the seventh. That gave the Tigers an 18-4 win on the night.

Ethan Brown picked up the win with his four inning in the game. He struck out nine batters and only allowed one run. Noah Ochoa closed the game out by pitching three innings and giving up three runs. He also had one strike out.

The Waynesville Tigers had multiple players score in the win. Noah Ochoa and Tanner Simpson led the team with three runs. Eric Kane, Saul Dehart, Decon Stearns, and Colin Crockett all scored twice in the win. Ethan Brown, Cameron Marcum, Josh Rumph, and Hunter O’Neil had a run of their own in the game.

The Tigers had seven players that had hits in the game. Ochoa, Kane, and Stearn had two hits. Simpson, Gatzemeyer, Brown, and Crockett had a hit of their own.

Head Waynesville Tigers Baseball Coach Scott Turner said this when asked about the big win, “We picked up our first win of the season last night defeating Osage 18-4. Ethan Brown started the game on the mound going four fabulous innings. He allowed one run (unearned) and three hits while striking out nine. Noah Ochoa closed the game out going the last three innings. Offensively we got things going. We were able to put up not just one but two big innings. We scored eight runs in the third and eight runs in the seventh. We combined for 10 hits. Leading the way Ochoa had two, Kane had two, and Stearns had two.”

The varsity record moves to 1-2 on the season.

The Junior Varsity Tigers won their game 12-2.

Coach Turner said this about the jv game, “Josh Rumph went four great innings striking out nine and Hunter O'Neil finished the game out striking out three in one inning. Harrison Cristobal and Hunter O'Neil both had multi hit games with two a piece.”

The JV record is now 2-1 on the season.

The Tigers traveled to Jefferson City on Tuesday, pending weather.