The Waynesville High School varsity baseball team began its season with a loss and a win, as it played two games on the road Saturday.
The Tigers traveled to Vienna, Missouri, where they lost to the host team 2-4 before going on to defeat Lincoln 7-2.
“We were able to get out and play some baseball on Saturday,” said Scott Turner, WHS head coach. “This was our first time this season being able to play on the whole baseball field, as weather conditions have not been the friendliest.”
Against Vienna, the Tigers scored in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Austin Perkins, but Vienna scored two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. The Tigers scored another run in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game. However, Vienna scored two runs in the bottom of the inning for the win.
Against Lincoln, Josh Rumph started on the mound for Waynesville, followed by Hunter O’Neil and Perkins. Together, the three Tiger pitchers struck out 17 batters while allowing three hits.
Lincoln scored in the top of the first inning and again in the sixth inning, both coming off solo home runs.
The Tigers scored seven runs on 11 hits, led by Perkins, who went four-for-five at the plate, including a home run and two doubles, plus five RBI.
Up next: The Tigers are scheduled to play host to Osage High School today and Cuba High School on Friday. Both games get underway at 4:30 p.m. at Wayne Brady baseball Field in Waynesville.