By Brandon Speck
TUPELO – The division is still Tupelo’s to win or lose, but Grenada has the Wave’s number. The Chargers beat Tupelo for the second time this season, 4-3 Friday to take the season series. Both were one-run games.
Tupelo (15-5, 5-1 Division 2-6A) can still clinch the division with a win in the Monday-Tuesday series with Hernando.
“Those guys play well against us,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “They’ve put together good at-bats when they had to. We just didn’t hit tonight.”
Tupelo led 3-2 after the fourth inning. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Grenada got a single from Ethan Burke. Lavorious Redditt then lined a double off the left field wall. He took third on the throw and scored on an awry throw to third.
Tupelo managed only six hits off Grenada starter Caleb Morgan (3-2) and scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning. Down 2-0, Ty Wheeler and William Ikerd singled to load the bases. Woody Goss had an RBI bunt single and pinch hitter Jason Garrett reached when his hard grounder went through the legs of Chargers’ shortstop Will Jordan. Two scored. Carter Clayton flew out to right and left two stranded.
The Wave left two on in the second inning and Grenada (12-6, 4-4) turned a double play after Hudson Roy’s single in the third. Mickey Sesin stole second base in the first inning, but was stranded.
“We didn’t hit,” Enis said, “left runners on in the first and second innings, in scoring position. That changes the whole stage of the game if we get an early lead.”
Morgan, a sophomore, struck out nine. Drew Hurst (3-3) took the loss for Tupelo. Wave sophomore Jason Garrett came on with two down in the fifth and struck out four, the side in the seventh.
Grenada is in third place in the division.
“He pitched through some tough situations, I thought, just kept in there,” Grenada coach Jake Yarborough said of Morgan. “He kept throwing strikes, mixing up speeds. His changeup really worked well tonight.”