Posted: Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:26PM

Hillcrest beats West Plains in 12-inning thriller

The Hillcrest Hornets edged the Waynesville Tigers in a 12-inning thriller Saturday, 4-3, in the first round of the Class 5- District 10 championships.
Issac Norsic drove in teammate Hunter Huett with a single for the winning run.
Hornets starter Collin Irvine tossed 10 innings in the contest, allowing no hits through his first four innings and giving up three runs on five hits total. Trey Simpson, Waynesville’s starter, lasted eight innings and gave up two runs on four hits.


“Right now we’re feeling pretty confident,” Hillcrest head coach Ryan Schaffitzel said. “We’ve been getting a lot of hits with runners in scoring position this year and we’ve been getting our chances and not getting it done at times, but today, Isaac did it for us in the end.”
Waynesville head coach Scott Turner praised both teams for a hard-fought game, saying each left everything they had on the field.
“Both starters did an amazing job on the mound,” Turner said. “As our team goes, we lost, yeah, but on the last day of the season, you don’t want to have any regrets, and I don’t think we have any. We had a safety squeeze, we threw out a guy at the plate. We did everything we possibly could but in the end they got the timely hit that won it.”
The Hornets scored first on an RBI single by leadoff hitter Clinton Raber-Houser in the third.
Waynesville scored two runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Jaylen Bragg and a passed ball. Hillcrest then made it 2-all in their half of the fifth on an RBI single by Adam Barton.
Each team scored a run in the tenth.
“It was one of those games that if you lose you’d second-guess about fifteen things,” Schaffitzel said. “We were error free for twelve innings, so of course that’s pretty amazing. The pitching was a big part of that, not forcing us into making too many tough plays.”
Next up for Hillcrest will be the semifinal against Lebanon May 19 at 4:30 at Glendale. Schaffitzel said the team hadn’t been thinking much about Lebanon because they knew Waynesville would be enough for them to handle, but said they’ll have to make an adjustment when it comes to Lebanon’s starters.
“They have two great pitchers that throw really hard,” he said. “We haven’t seen that kind of velocity very many times, so we’ll go into practice tomorrow and work on our approach.”

Filed Under :  
Topics : Sports
People : Adam BartonCollin IrvineHuettRyan SchaffitzelScott Turner
Photo Galleries

Pictures: Missouri State opens football camp

The Missouri State Bears took to the brand new Plaster Sports Complex turf Thursday afternoon to open fall practice.

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Walnut Grove Tigers

Catch the top photos from the 2013-14 Straff

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Strafford Indians

Catch the top photos from the 2013-14 Strafford Indians.
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: Oklahoma the right choice for Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham is now an Oklahoma Sooner. If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re not alone. Yes, DGB will have to sit out the entire 2014 season, something that he wouldn’t have had to do had he transferred to a...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Ozark Conference 7v7 Football recap
For the third summer in a row Kickapoo hosted the Ozark Conference 7v7 Tournament. Here is a recap from the 3rd annual event. The Champs are here For the first time in the 3-year history of the Ozark Conference 7-on-7 Tournament someone...
Read More
The future is now for local soccer
We’re graduating a great crop of senior soccer players this spring. Anywhere from 15-25 will not only contend for all-state honors once the season is over, but also keep playing in college next school year. So, who replaces some of those top...
Read More
Most Viewed