By Special to the Journal
TUPELO – A total of five errors committed. A total of nine walks allowed.
Not the usual statistics compiled by the Tupelo Golden Wave when hosting a division contest.
But such was the case Friday as the Wave lost their second Division 2-6A contest of the week, this time 8-0 to the South Panola Tigers.
“Eight errors in two games is not going to get it done,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “We didn’t play very well tonight, and our backs are against the wall in division play.”
Trailing in division play would be considered unfamiliar territory for the Wave (4-5, 0-2), having won five regular season division titles in a row, and seven of eight under Enis’ tenure as head coach.
“I’ve been here 10 years, and I don’t know that we’ve ever beat Tupelo in Tupelo,” South Panola head coach Patrick Robey said. “Sophomore Hunter Ivy pitched phenomenal, throwing strikes and mixing his speeds.”
Certainly Ivy (2-0) had a part in the ineffective Tupelo offense, limiting the Wave to three hits. Tupelo did load the bases with two out in the bottom of the first inning, but Ivy induced a fly out to the outfield, and the Wave never had more than one base runner on at a time the rest of the way.
“We didn’t pitch well, didn’t field well, didn’t hit well,” Enis said. “That should explain the score.”
South Panola (10-4, 2-0) jumped on the board in the top of the second inning off Tupelo starter Ben Aldridge. The Tigers plated three in the frame on four walks, one hit, and one error.
The Tigers bagged a solo run in the third on a solid home run by Chance Whitten. The visitors then padded their lead with a four-run fifth, which included three walks, two errors, and a two-run single by Tays Hardy.
Tupelo used four pitchers in the loss.
Tupelo will try to rebound today, hosting Itawamba AHS at 1 p.m. In a game originally set for tonight, Tupelo will play at Pontotoc Monday at 6 p.m., then host division foe Grenada at 6 p.m. Tuesday.