By Donica Phifer
New Albany Gazette
ENTERPRISE – When the game broke open for Tupelo Christian, it was in a big way.
TCPS plated five runs in the top of the sixth inning Friday, clinching a 10-2 victory against West Union and a sweep of the Class 1A baseball play-in series.
“We had some breaks come our way, but these ballgames were a lot different than the scores,” TCPS coach Will Lowrey said, “Their pitchers battled the whole way, and we got some runs late that boosted the score up but it was a better game than the scoreboard showed.”
West Union used three pitchers, starting with senior Tyler Wooley, then Hunter Jennings and Andrew Childers.
For TCPS, the combination of Israel Foster and JG Lipscomb earned the win on the mound with Lipscomb pitching for seven innings. He one-hit West Union and struck out 10.
“Lipscomb is as good of a baseball player as I’ve seen all year,” West Union coach Ashley Russell said.
West Union crawled back into the game after a quick 2-0 lead by TCPS, with Wooley earning a base hit to score one run in the bottom of the third.
Another run by TCPS in the fifth inning from a single by AJ Bratton extended the lead 4-1, though the Eagles again found a score at the bottom of the inning when batter Logan Raines’ walk added a run for a 3-1 score.
The series win advances TCPS to the second round and the familiar foe of Greenville St. Joseph, a team that has eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs for the last three years.
“For us its always one game at a time, and we are focused on going there and taking care of business. We have some playback and some incentive, and we feel like we’ve got a really good shot,” Lowrey said.