TUPELO – Michael Gable likes having everybody in the lineup … finally.
Gable’s Tupelo Lady Wave opened its season with some of its starters injured and on the bench. The result, his team stumbled to a 2-6 start.
It was a healthy Tupelo team that defeated visiting West Union 4-3 Thursday on a rain-soaked Lady Wave Field.
“We’ve finally got everybody healthy,” Gable said. “We’re definitely playing better. I guess we’re 6-3 since that 2-6 start, if my math’s right.”
Krys Cook, the winning pitcher who fielded two hard-hit line drives by West Union, was one of those injured players. She missed nearly a month with a foot injury.
“If Krys doesn’t make a couple of snags early in the game we’re in trouble,” Gable said.
Tupelo (8-9) scored its go-ahead runs in the third inning on a base hit by Katie Cole and a two-run throwing error by the Lady Eagles (12-7).
“We’re usually a smarter team,” West Union coach Andy Kirk said. “We threw to the wrong base and them into the dugout.”
The Lady Wave took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Ashley Burgett opened with a double to left-center field. Cole, who struggled earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, plated her with a single to right.
West Union took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third on a double by Jessica Gates and singles by Claire Wilkerson and Dani Taylor.
The Eagles collected just five hits off Cook and the Tupelo defense.
“Give them credit, they made the plays on defense,” Kirk said.
Tupelo, which leads its division with a 2-0 record, plays a make-up game at home Tuesday against Columbus. A win would clinch first place for the Wave.
West Union is 3-1 in division play and hosts Myrtle next Tuesday with first place up for grabs.
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