The weather has caused several delays the last week, including Waynesville baseball. The Tigers made up their game against Springfield Hillcrest that was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday night. They also played the Camdenton Lakers on Thursday.

Hillcrest (Springfield) Hornets

This was a very tough game by both teams, as they fired back at each other several times. The Tigers were able to come out on top after seven innings 9-8 in the home game for Waynesville that was played in Springfield.

Hillcrest took an early two-run lead in the first inning. They were able to hold the Tigers in the first to zero runs. The second inning was a much better one for the Tigers. Hillcrest scored one run in the top of the second, while the Tigers were able to tie the game at 3-3 after two innings.

Hillcrest had an answer for Waynesville in the top of the third again after they scored two more runs. The Hornets led 5-3 after three innings. The Tigers were once again able to knot things up with two of their own runs in the bottom of the fourth. Hillcrest was able to three more runs in the fifth inning.

Head Waynesville Tigers coach Scott Turner said this about the fifth inning, “In the top of the fifth the game was tied at five when Hillcrest was able to score three more runs to go up 8-5. Josh Rumph, a sophomore in first varsity appearance on the mound, came in with two outs and runners on first and second. He was able to end of the inning. In the bottom of the fifth we had two runners on base but were not able to capitalize on it.”

The sixth inning was another great inning for the Tigers, as they were able to shut out the Hornets thanks to Rumph’s pitching. The Waynesville hitters were able to score two more run to close the Hillcrest lead to 8-7.

Coach Turner said this about the seventh inning, “In the top of the seventh with bases loaded Rumph worked out of the jam to allow no runs. In the bottom half our first two batters got out leaving us down one with two outs. Colin reached via a shortstop error. Tanner Simpson and Noah Ochoa then walked. And with two outs and a full count, the runners running on the pitch, Eric Kane hit a grounder to short and reached via throwing error while Simpson scored the winning run.”

The Tigers were able win the conference game 9-8 in a comeback fashion.

The Tigers were led in hitting by Eric Kane who led Waynesville with two hits in the win. Noah Ochoa, Ethyn Gatzemeyer, Devon Stearns, and Ethan Brown all added a hit of their own. Tanner Simpson and Ochoa scored two runs while Kane, Saul DeHart, Cameron Marcum, Brown, and Colin Crockett all had a run each. Kane and Brown both had a run batted in during the win.

Simpson pitched four innings and allowed four hits and five runs. He had one strikeout in the time on the mound. Ochoa pitched 0.2 innings and allowed a hit and three runs. He also had a strike out. Josh Rumph took the win after pithing 2.1 innings and allowed one hit and no runs. He capped it off with four strikeouts in the conference win.

The Junior Varsity Tigers moved on to 3-2 on the year and get their first conference win.

Camdenton Lakers (Thursday)

The Waynesville Tigers hosted the Camdenton Laker on Thursday night. Waynesville was coming off a close comeback win over Hillcrest the night before.

Waynesville and Camdenton were both scoreless in the first inning thanks to great pitching by both teams. The Tigers were able to score two hits in the bottom of the second. The Lakers came out strong in the third inning and were able to get three runs off. Camdenton took a 3-2 after that. Waynesville hitters were able to get another run in the bottom of the third and tied with three runs each.

Both teams were quiet in the fourth inning. The Lakers scored a run in the fifth, but the Tigers were able to respond back with four runs of their own. Camdenton and Waynesville remained scoreless in the sixth. The Lakers tried a seventh inning comeback but they were unable to over come the Waynesville lead. The Tigers won the game 7-5 and added another conference win.

Eric Kane led the Tigers with a hit and homerun in the game. Devon Stearns, Cameron Marcum, and Ethan Brown all had a hit in the Tiger win. Tanner Simpson, Noah Ochoa, Kane, Marcum, and Brown all scored a run in the conference win.

Brown began the game by pitching 4.2 innings. He allowed four runs on five hits. He struck out three Lakers on the night. Marcum pitched 2.1 innings and was able to hold Camdenton to one run on two hits in the game. He was able to get the win.

Coach Turner said this after the game, “We defeated Camdenton 7-5 on Thursday. Ethan Brown started on the mound and went 4.2 quality innings. Cameron Marcum came in the game in the top of the fifth with two outs in a tight situation and was able to work out of it. He went on to close out the game and earn himself the W on the mound. Eric Kane hit a solo home run. Our players are seeing the ball really well this year, which has helped not only increase our batting averages but more importantly our walks and on-base percentages have increased dramatically. We now move to 3-3 on the season and 2-0 in conference. Next up is Central at home on Monday.”

The Junior Varsity team lost 3-15 to the Lakers.