By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo baseball coach Gary Enis is all about his club having confidence right now with Division 2-6A play staring at the Golden Wave on Monday.
With a bat in his hand, no confidence problem for Cody Shrewsbury.
The senior had a hand in all of the Wave’s runs Saturday as Tupelo (9-1) avenged its only loss of the season with an 8-3 victory over the Oxford Chargers.
“He had a good day at the plate,” Enis said. “He was seeing the ball well, and was being a little bit more patient today than earlier in the week.
“When he has a good day offensively, it rubs off on some of these other guys.”
Shrewsbury’s numbers were mostly out-of-sight, with two home runs, a triple, four RBIs, and three runs scored.
The left-hander began piling up those numbers in the bottom of the first inning. Shrewsbury took a 3-1 offering to left field for a solo homer that pulled Tupelo even on the scoreboard 1-1.
Then in the fourth inning after Oxford (6-4) had battled back within 4-3 of the Wave with two runs in the top of that inning, Shrewsbury doused Charger momentum again. This time, the senior his a solid shot over the right field fence with one on to push the Wave lead to 6-3.
For his last at bat in the sixth, Shrewsbury kept the ball in the park. But it was a hustling triple to center that knocked in a run, and Shrewsbury later scored in the inning on a Luke Davis RBI single.
Shrewsbury wasn’t perfect on the day, as he reached base in the second inning on an infield error. But a run did score on the at bat, and Tupelo scored three times in the frame with no hits.
“Tupelo got the big hit, and we didn’t,” Oxford coach Chris Baughman said. “Sure, we gave them a couple of runs early, but that wasn’t the reason we lost.
“But our guys battled hard all day.”
Oxford was coming off a Thursday loss against Lafayette, having left 12 runners on base that game. Against Tupelo, the Chargers left eight on base.
Tupelo also turned four double plays against Oxford, including with the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh innings. The Chargers scored their runs thanks to a lead off double in the first inning by Shae Mnichowski, and a two-run single by Dustin Williams in the fourth.
Jack Hill went two innings on the mound to start the contest for Tupelo, with Shrewsbury throwing four frames, and Ben Aldridge throwing the seventh. Oxford sophomore starter Parker Adamson went two innings, with Williams throwing the final five.
Both teams open their division schedules next week, with Oxford facing New Hope Tuesday in 2-5A action. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, Tupelo will now be hosting South Panola on Monday in a 6 p.m., 2-6A opener for both.