“Spring sports plagued by weather” is true headline. After having two matches cancelled due to weather, Wednesday proved a different challenge. Because of PSEO classes and a college visit, two of our top players could not play a tough rival in Carlisle. So everyone moved up a position or two and played great matches. Congratulations to Jake Trapp for winning his first singles match at 3rd singles, to Ryan Carrier for winning at 1st singles, and to Micah Crossgrove for winning at 2nd singles and who is now unbeaten at 5-0. First doubles of Bryce Hopwood and Kyle Bluflod also won at 1st doubles. I thought this team had good depth and determination and now I know it.
Our next match is a home match with Preble Shawnee April 17th. Monday the 21st we travel to Oakwood.
The high school track team hosts an invitational tonight and on April 22nd. Both events begin at 4:30 p.m. with field events and running starts at 5:30 pm. The jr. high team hosts a meet Saturday morning April 12th with field events at 10 a.m. and running approximately 11 a.m. Come out and support the Spartan athletes in their only home competitions this season, admission is $5.00
The Spartans started off Saturday in a battle with familiar GCL opponent Fenwick. Senior AJ Lezotte kept Waynesville in the game allowing only two runs in six innings of work. In a nail bitter throughout the course of the game, Waynesville was able to tie the ball game up in the top of the seventh inning when Junior Bryce Linkous singled home Isaiah Bauer. In the top of the eighth inning Senior Wyatt Myers led off with a monster home run to right field to give Waynesville their first lead of the game. Only they were unable to hold on in the bottom of the eighth when Fenwick scored two runs for a walk off victory. The 4-3 loss was the Spartans first of the year.
Wednesday marked the first league game of the year when the Northridge Polar Bears came to town. Junior Troy Black drew the start and threw a complete game while striking out seven hitters. Offense leaders during the 11-1 league victory were Black, three hits including a double and triple, Myers who had two hits including a double, and Sophomore Isaiah Bauer who collected his first varsity hits of his career. The win put Waynesville 1-0 in SWBL play this far into the season.
Thursday the Valley View Spartans played Waynesville in a SWBL crossover game. Freshman Mason Callahan started his first varsity game on the mound and threw extremely well. Callahan threw all five innings, striking out six Spartans during the 20-1 blowout win. There were many offensive leaders for Waynesville. Junior Jeremiah Stilwell led all hitters with three hits including a double. Spartans with two hits a piece were Cam Combs, Linkous, Black, Myers, Andrew Magoto, Austin Beachler and Callahan. With the win, Waynesville improved to 4-1 overall on the season.
Upcoming this week the baseball team travels to Milton-Union Friday, take on a great Ross Rams club Saturday at Miami University, travel to Middletown Madison Monday, host Dixie and travel to Reading on Thursday. Thanks for all the support!