By NEMS Daily Journal
The Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team picked up a pair of close wins Saturday against Northeast Mississippi competition.
In its nightcap against Lee County rival Saltillo, Tupelo rode the first career start by junior Luke Weeden to claim a 5-3 victory over the Tigers.
“Both were good wins, and we found a way to capitalize on mistakes,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “But we did leave a lot of guys in scoring position in both games.
“We have to start capitalizing with runners in scoring position, extending innings, and extending the lead.”
Against Saltillo, Tupelo (6-3) scratched out solo runs in the first, third, and fifth innings.
Hudson Roy led off the game with a single, later scoring on a ground out in the first. In the third, Michael Ray had an RBI single, and in the fifth, Ben Matthews had an RBI double.
The Wave padded its margin with a pair of runs in the sixth on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly.
Saltillo plated a pair of runs in the fifth inning on an error and a ground out after leadoff hits by Logan Neisler and Alex Hill. The Tigers then loaded the bases in the sixth against Weeden, but failed to score.
The Tigers also brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but reliever Ty Wheeler struck out the final two batters to preserve the win.
Tupelo 6, Amory 4: In an early Saturday afternoon game, the Wave broke open a close contest with a four-run sixth inning.
Four walks and two slowly hit balls to a drawn in infield resulted in three runs for the Wave, with Wheeler adding an RBI single.
Amory (4-2) responded with a three-run top of the seventh on RBI hits by Jon David Poss and Devan Hurley, but Tupelo reliever Carter Clayton got a strike out to end the game.
That made a winner of Matthews (2-0) who threw five frames. Tanner Poole allowed only two hits in five innings for Amory, but was charged with the loss.
“I was proud of the way we didn’t lay down in the top of the seventh,” Amory head coach Chad Williams said. “We just can’t seem to make the routine plays.”
Tupelo plays Olive Branch on Tuesday and Christian Brothers on Wednesday in Oxford.