By Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Winning nine out of 10 games is a nice stretch of baseball for most teams.
The Tupelo Golden Wave did that in 10 days, concluding its marathon Saturday with a hard-fought 6-3 victory over the New Albany Bulldogs.
“Our team battled, and we capitalized on some of their mistakes,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “We’ve got to find a way to play with this type of intensity during division games.”
New Albany (17-5) certainly brought some intense offensive pressure pretty much every inning.
In the second frame, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs, but could only manage two runs.
In the fourth, New Albany led off the frame with three hits, including an RBI single by Ben Foster, but that was the extent of the damage.
New Albany also loaded the bases in the fifth with two away, only to see a nice catch by Wave left fielder Rob McAuley end the inning.
Sophomore reliever Ty Wheeler benefited from Tupelo’s stubborn play, throwing three and two thirds of an inning for the win, with a hard-earned save by junior Ben Matthews.
“Our staff did what they had to do, and our defense made plays tonight,” Enis said. “Playing 10 games in 10 days tested our endurance, and hopefully that got us ready for the rest of our division play.”
Foster, a junior, went all six innings for the Bulldogs, but was the victim of five errors.
Tupelo got on the board in the bottom of the second with three leadoff singles, with three runs eventually scoring on a double play and two errors.
The Wave added a run in the third on a double by Brayden Owen and an RBI hit by Ben Aldridge.
Tupelo then added two insurance runs in the fifth.
“Our defense was awful tonight,” New Albany coach John Walker said. “We had no fight tonight.”
Tupelo 15, Itawamba AHS 2: McKamy Smith picked up his second win of the week pitching, going five innings against the Indians in Fulton.
The Wave use a pair of big innings to their advantage, scoring eight runs in the second, and six runs in the sixth.
Ben Aldridge continued to swing a hot bat with three hits, including two run-scoring hits in the second. Dylan Vuncannon added a three-run double in the sixth.