By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave were looking to finish off their Division 2-6A slate on a positive note Tuesday
The Columbus Falcons had other plans in mind through two innings of play.
But the Wave were patient, eventually outlasting the Falcons 15-5 as the regular season winds down this week.
“I was thinking this was going to be a long night after a couple of innings,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “But we were confident we were going to get our runs because we were seeing the ball well tonight.
“I’m proud of our guys and their record in the division this season.”
The Tupelo (18-8, 8-1) victory did conclude its title-winning division slate, with just two Saturday contests left on the schedule before the playoffs begin April 30.
Tupelo sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, with two-run hits by Sanders West and Blake McCullough the key blows in gaining a 4-0 lead.
But Columbus (11-12, 2-7) was not ready to roll over. The Falcons responded with a five-run inning in the second, which included a two-run double by Tyji Hawkins, that gave Columbus a 5-4 lead.
It took an inning for the Wave to respond, but it was an emphatic recovery.
Tupelo plated nine runs in the third, with Collin Dexter’s three-run double a key blow. West and McCullough each had two RBI hits in the frame as the Wave sent 14 batters to the plate, taking a 13-5 lead.
“We just didn’t respond when we needed to tonight,” Columbus coach Jeffrey Cook said. “Our pitchers just didn’t make the pitches, and didn’t adjust to what they needed to throw.”
Adjusting nicely was Tupelo starter J.D. Roberts. Surviving the second inning where he allowed three hits, Roberts only allowed one hit the rest of the way to gain the win in five innings of work.
Tupelo closed out the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning with RBIs by Roberts and Cody Shrewsbury.
“This was a very positive night on senior night,” said Enis, whose Wave were coming off a last-inning loss to Pontotoc Monday. “I’m just proud we won based on what we did against Pontotoc, and the quick turnaround after that.
“We get to enjoy this for a few days now.”
Tupelo is scheduled to close its regular season Saturday at Tishomingo County at 2 p.m., then host Oxford at 7 p.m.