Tupelo takes a pair from host Saltillo

By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – June is becoming a busy month of high school sports, and the matchup between the Tupelo Golden Wave and Saltillo Tigers baseball teams Tuesday was just a small part of that.
Showing the continuing development of its pitching staff, Tupelo swept a pair of five-inning games from Saltillo by scores of 7-2 and 8-0.
“We were trying to get some arms ready for Thursday and Friday,” said Saltillo head coach Johnny Bolen, whose team will be participating in the NEMCABB regionals later in the week. “But the June schedule is good for our program, good for their program.”
The first game of the doubleheader saw junior Luke Weeden contribute with his arm and with the bat.
On the mound, Weeden scattered six hits over his four innings of work, with an especially strong first three frames.
The Wave offense supported the effort early, with three runs in the first inning off sophomore Saltillo starter Hayden Elliot, a TCPS transfer.
William Drummond added a two-run hit in the first inning.
Tupelo then added four runs in the top of the fourth, as Weeden hit a two-run home run to aid his own cause. Ty Wheeler and J. G. Miley added RBI hits.
“We had some great pitching, and had some good at bats today,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “Pitching has certainly carried us in June.”
Saltillo did touch Weeden for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, with TCPS senior transfer Andrew Soper and Adam Grubbs with RBI hits.
In Game 2, Tupelo senior Ben Matthews hurled three hitless innings and connected on a three-run home run to highlight the Wave effort.
Saltillo is one of six sites hosting four-team NEMCABB regionals beginning Thursday. Tupelo has intersquad scrimmages Thursday and Tuesday prior to a team camp.