The Waynesville Tigers hosted the Licking Wildcats on Monday in a rare game between the Ozark Conference and Frisco League. The Tigers were part of the Frisco League until 1960 when they began the football program.
The game was a close one throughout, as Waynesville and Licking did not scored until the third inning. The Wildcats took a 3-2 lead after the third inning. The pitching held up in the fourth and fifth inning, as neither team scored. Both teams were able to pick up one run in the sixth inning. Licking led 4-3 going into the final inning. The Tigers pitching held the Wildcats scoreless in the top of the inning. Waynesville was able to pick up the hitting in the final half of the inning to win. The Tigers scored two runs with a walkoff single by Hunter O’Neil.
Head Waynesville Tigers Baseball Coach Scott Turner this about the final inning, “We defeated Licking 5-4 in a very close game. It came down to the last inning when with two outs, bases loaded, down one as Hunter O'Neil hit a single that scored two in Tigers, Tanner Simpson and Colin Crockett, to win the game.”
Tanner Simpson began the game as the pitcher and went 2.1 innings. He was able to strike out four Wildcats and allowed three runs on five hits. Noah Ochoa pitched the rest of the game to pick up the win, while striking out four Wildcat batters. He allowed one run on two hits to keep the Licking batters under control.
Coach Turner said this about Ochoa, “Noah Ochoa came in the third inning in relief and shut Licking down. He did a great job on the mound the rest of the game.”
The Tigers had hits from Ochoa, Eric Kane, Ethan Gatzmeyer, O’Neil, and Seth Farris in the game. Simpson scored twice while Ochoa, Crockett, and Kane all score a run in the win.
The Tigers are 7-14 on the season. They will host Owensville on Thursday.