The Waynesville Tigers played four games since the weekend.
At West Plains Zizzers - 4/26
On Thursday Waynesville traveled to West Plains and competed in the Ozark Conference matchup.
The Zizzers came out and scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. West Plains added another run in the bottom of the first inning to give them a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Tigers came back and scored a run in the top of the fourth, but gave up the two runs they could not overcome in the fifth to the Zizzers. Waynesville tried to make a comeback by scoring four runs in the top of the sixth thanks to Ethan Browns homerun, but could not gain the lead. The Zizzers won the game 7-5.
Head Waynesville Tigers Coach Scott Turner Said this after the game, “We hit the ball much better with eight hits. Which is the most we have had in a game since April 9th Central game.”
Ethan Brown led the Tigers in runs batted in with three, while Tanner Simpson had two hits. Eric Kane, Ethan Gatzemeyer, Devon Stearns, Brock Timmons and Hunter O’Neil all had hits.
Simpson pitched 5.1 innings and struck out eight batters in the loss.
The Junior Varsity lost 1-2 in a close game in the last inning.
At Sullivan Eagles (Game 1) - 4/28
The first game on Saturday was a tough one for Waynesville, as they lost in five innings 12-2. The Eagles began by scoring two runs in the first to the Tigers single run. Sullivan score four more in the second and one in the third. Waynesville added a run of their own in the third inning, but was unable to score again. The Eagles scored five runs in the fifth inning and captured the first win of the day.
Four pitchers were in the game for Waynesville and combined for five strikeouts. Noah Ochoa and Briley Wade had the Tigers’ two hits in the loss.
Coach Turner said this after the game, “In the first game we lost 12-2 in five innings. We did not throw well, as we had 10 walks and one hit batter.”
Vs Sullivan Eagles (Game 2) - 4-28
The Tigers were able to win the second game of the night in extra innings 8-7.
The Eagles took and early 4-1 lead after the first inning. Both teams were held scoreless in the second through fourth innings. The Tigers scored two run in the bottom of the fifth, which cut the Sullivan lead to 4-3. Sullivan answered in the sixth inning with two more runs of their own to extend the lead again to 6-3. The Tigers out scored the Eagles in the seventh inning to force extra innings. Both teams were tied at seven each. Waynesville had two late hits in the ninth inning to get the win.
Coach Turner said this describing the comeback, “In the second game down four in the bottom of the seventh, we scored four runs to tie the game up. Eric Kane cleared the bases loaded with a triple. Ethan Gatzemeyer followed up with a triple himself to score Kane to tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Hunter O'Neil doubled and Seth Farris singled in Hunter for the walk off win.”
He also said this about the pitching, ”Hunter started on the mound and pitched a very good six innings. Noah Ochoa came in and got the win pitching the seventh through ninth in an outstanding manner.”
Ochoa and Simpson led the Tigers with three hits each. Simpson had three runs in the game, while Kane hit in four batters.
At St. James Tigers - 4/30
Waynesville was able to pick up another win as they traveled to St. James on Monday. The Tigers picked up a 10-7 win over a tough Tigers team.
Waynesville led 3-0 after the first inning. The St. James Tigers scored two in the second and third inning, but also gave up a run to Waynesville. Both teams were tied after three innings 4-4. Waynesville opened up the gap they needed to win in the fourth and fifth innings with five runs scored. That gave the WHS Tigers a 9-5 lead. St. James was able to get a couple more runs in the sixth, but were unable gain the lead. Waynesville was able to hold on for a 10-7 win.
Ochoa pitched six innings and had four strikeouts.
Coach Turner said this about the pitching, “Noah Ochoa started on the mound and got to the 7th inning when he ran out of pitches. St. James had gotten the lead off man on with no outs. We brought in Saul Dehart and he was able to close the door, allowing no runs.”
David Stearns had three hits in the game, while Ochoa hit two. Kane, Gatzemeyer, and DeHart all had two hits each in the win.
The Waynesville Tigers traveled to Parkview on Tuesday and Kickapoo on Thursday for two Ozark Conference games. Results from Tuesday were not available at press time.