By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
COLUMBUS – Cody Shrewsbury didn’t get a lot of offensive support the last time he pitched for Tupelo in a Division 2-6A game – a 2-0 nine-inning loss to Starkville.
His teammates made it up to him Friday, cranking out 15 hits, including two home runs, in an 11-3 division road win against Columbus.
“We gave him some run support tonight,” Golden Wave coach Gary Enis said. “Our offense turned it up a notch tonight. You can’t complain about 15 hits.
“We need to stay consistent on offense.”
Shrewsbury helped himself at the plate, going 4 for 5 with a triple and an RBI. The junior left-hander, threw 113 pitches in 5 1/3 innings of work. He recorded six strikeouts, walked five and scattered five hits.
Shrewsbury (3-2) hadn’t pitched since the Starkville loss, which was March 30. He would have started in Tuesday’s 13-6 home win against Columbus, but he missed it to attend his grandmother’s funeral.
“I threw a bunch of pitches,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of it was because of the delay (between starts). My curve was working really well, but my fastball was coming out high.”
Enis was pleased with his No. 1 starter’s performance.
“He wasn’t as sharp, but he did what he had to do,” the coach said. “He does a good job keeping us in games.”
Collin Dexter blasted his seventh home run of the season in the first inning to help the Golden Wave take a 3-0 lead.
Drew Alford, who went 3 for 5, added a two-run homer in the seventh inning for an added knockout blow.
Tupelo (14-6, 5-1) has three division games remaining – one each against South Panola (Tuesday), Starkville (Friday) and Columbus (April 20). The last two are at home.
Starkville, a 14-4 winner against South Panola Friday, is 3-3 in the division while Columbus and the Tigers are both 2-4. The top two teams advance to the playoffs.
“It’s tough to win on the road in our division,” said Enis, whose team needs at least one more league win to clinch a postseason berth. “I’m proud of the way we came down here and swung the bats. We knew we’d need to score some runs to win here.”
Tupelo 11, Columbus 3
Tupelo 301 202 3 – 11 15 0
Columbus 201 000 0 – 3 6 1
WP: Cody Shrewsbury (3-2), LP: Christian Dale. Multiple hits: (T) Shrewsbury 4, Drew Alford 3, Kirk Roberts, Collin Dexter, Sanders West; 2B: (T) Roberts, Dexter, Alford, Brandon Reddout, (C) Aurby Burdine; 3B: (T) Shrewsbury, (C) Nick Durrah; HR: (T) Dexter, Alford.
Records: Tupelo 14-6, 5-1 Division 2-6A