The Camdenton Lakers hosted their Ozark Conference rival on Thursday night, and with no love lost between the two teams, and bragging rights at stake, the Lakers looked to snag their fourth win of the season.
Despite a late Waynesville rally, the Lakers managed to hang on to their lead to send the Tigers packing after a 6-4 win.
"It's always great to get a conference win and win against a rival like Waynesville. They're always a challenge," Camdenton's coach Matt Moulder said. "I didn't think we played particularly well, and had a lot of things we could have done better. We love to get wins, but we still have to continue to work hard."
Camdenton took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and added on another run in the second to maintain their lead at 2-1. In the third inning, the Lakers' bats went to work, scoring three runs for a 5-1 lead.
Over the course of the next three innings, the Tigers would attempt to mount a comeback, but the Lakers' defense held firm, allowing just one run scored in each inning.
With Camdenton leading 6-4 after six innings, Waynesville had one final chance to tie things up in the top of the seventh, but once again, Camdenton's defense held their ground to hold back the Waynesville surge and win the contest.
"We hit well early, and stranded some guys and had a couple of base-running blunders," Moulder said. "We hit the ball, we just didn't put it all together enough to put up the number of runs we would like to have."
Jake Voorhees led the Lakers with 2 RBI's, with Cory Simpson, Jordan Webster and Kyle Rizer following behind with one RBI apiece.
The Lakers used three pitchers in the match, with sophomore Brett Lange leading off the first three innings, followed by Jake Decker and later Simpson for two innings apiece.
Simpson threw three strikeouts while the other two struck out two batters each. Up until Tuesday night, Simpson had not thrown yet this season, as the team is trying to approach his return cautiously due to an injury he is still recovering from.
One area that Moulder sees as a problem for the Lakers has been their inability to stop the run. Opponents have been able to steal bases on the Lakers, and it's something Moulder and crew want to fix.
"We're not doing a good job of holding runners, and we're not giving Voorhees a chance to throw guys out," Moulder said. "It's something we're aware of and something we need to work on."
The Lakers have a short break before they make the long drive to play West Plains next week Tuesday before returning home to take on Camdenton's rival, the Lebanon Yellowjackets, on Thursday night.