By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – The momentum continued for the Tupelo Golden Wave.
Coming off its first division win Friday versus Grenada, the Wave jumped to an early lead, then held on for a 9-7 victory Saturday over a former division rival, the Starkville Yellowjackets.
“We strung together some hits, put some runs on the board,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “I’m real pleased with the way we hit the ball, and it’s nice to see that at this point in the middle of the season.”
Against Starkville (11-4) in the first inning, Tupelo jumped on the board with six runs. Brayden Owen, Carter Clayton, and Caleb Walker each had RBI hits during the frame.
Tupelo added a pair of runs in the third on RBIs by Hudson Roy and Dylan Vuncannon. The Wave then added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on an RBI hit by Owen.
“The difference in the game was they hit strikes and we hit pops,” Starkville veteran head coach Danny Carlisle said. “They’re record might not look that good this season yet, but Gary Enis always does a great job.
The Wave’s offensive explosion, which included 16 hits, propelled Clayton (2-0) to the win in the sophomore’s first varsity start. Tupelo got relief help from junior Michael Hensley, with senior Vuncannon picking up the save with by getting two outs in the seventh.
Starkville chipped into the Tupelo lead with three runs in the fourth frame, including an RBI hit by Harper Day. The Jackets also scored a pair of runs in the seventh including an RBI hit by Maurice Clark, before Vuncannon came on in relief.
Tupelo 21, Winona 12: Tupelo (8-7) pounded out 17 hits, subbing often with its 10 games in 10 days current schedule.
Kyle Cofer collected four hits to pace the Wave offense, with Colby Trotter swatting a solo home run in the top of the first inning.
Tupelo also used five underclassmen pitchers in the contest, with sophomore Hudson Roy (2-3) starting and finishing.
The Wave next play a rescheduled game Monday at Southaven.