By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The Lafayette Commodores capped off a successful opening to their 2013 baseball season by taking an 8-2 victory over the Nettleton Tigers on Saturday in an early game of the Tupelo Classic.
“The key today was our hitters grinding and battling,” said first-year Lafayette coach Patrick Roby, who was previously at South Panola. “With the new bats, the game of baseball is screaming hits and pitching.
“Our defense was able to keep us in this game long enough.”
This contest was knotted at 1-1 entering the seventh inning, where Lafayette (2-0) made its move. The Commodores scored seven runs in the top of the seventh, set up by three walks, a hit batter, and only to hits.
“Lafayette is a good team, but we’re young, and we’ve got to learn to finish games,” said Nettleton’s Will Hawkins, who’s also a first-year coach. “We got a little nervous.”
Lafayette starter T. J. Hollis pitched into the fifth inning, and reliever Michael Hudgins went the rest of the way to pick up the victory for the Commodores.
For Nettleton (1-1), Hayden Guin pitched five innings, with loser Jordan Smith throwing the sixth, and four batters into the seventh inning.
Lafayette defeated Tupelo 4-2 on Friday in the season opener for both teams. The Commodores have a bit of momentum, having won the annual NEMCABB Tournament in June at the conclusion of 2012 summer baseball.
Nettleton 6, Corinth 2: The Tigers were more successful in their first game of the day, with a pair of three-run innings.
John Austin Taylor had a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth to stake Nettleton to a 3-1 lead. And in the sixth, Ben Rogers had a two-run double to aid the Nettleton cause.
J. J. Chaney pitched through the fifth to pick up the win for Nettleton.
Tupelo 10, Saltillo 0:The Wave won in five innings. Hudson Roy drove in three runs; Colton Norrod ended it with an RBIdouble.
Wave pitchers Michael Hensley and Wendell Goss combined on a one-hitter.