By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – While Andy Reese Field was being pelted by rain drops, the Tupelo Christian Prep hitters were spraying the gaps of the outfield.
J.G. Lipscomb, Zachary Bridges and Will Cockrell each laced doubles off Houlka pitcher Chase Huffman as part of a six-run second inning during Friday night’s Division 4-1A opener.
However, the evening’s rainfall proved to be too much for the TCPS home field, the city park on Joyner Ave. With the Eagles leading 6-1 in the top of the third, a lightning delay halted the game and further rainfall made the field unplayable.
“They just ended up calling it off because the infield was flooded,” said Eagles starting pitcher Drew Carter, who struck out five in 22/3 innings.
TCPS head coach Will Lowrey said he didn’t know for sure when the suspended game will be completed.
“We’re talking about Monday night,” the coach said about a possible resumption, “but we’ll have to wait and make that call.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to play at Houston tonight, but that game could be doubtful with more rain in the forecast.
Also doubtful is this afternoon’s TCPS home game against Mantachie, said Lowrey.
“The infield is really bad,” said the first-year coach, the only one left at Andy Reese Field on Friday night. “Towards the end there wasn’t a dry spot anywhere.
“So, we made the most of it. Houlka drove a long way to make the game, so we made every effort. But the umpires made the right call.
“It was getting to the point where it wasn’t safe.”
Nearly an hour before the Houlka-TCPS game was suspended, the Amory Tournament nightcap between North Pontotoc and Tupelo was also canceled due to the weather.
The Amory Tournament hopes to resume with today’s schedule of games. Among the five games scheduled for today, Tupelo is to take on New Hope at 6:30 p.m.