By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo keeps saving par at home. The Golden Wave beat Columbus 6-2 on Friday behind a solid start from Michael Hensley to move even in Division 2-6A.
First-place Columbus beat the Wave in 11 innings on Tuesday. Both have three division-deciding games left, one to close the season at Columbus on April 16.
“That was a good team win after we let one slip,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “Maybe that will give us some momentum when South Panola comes Tuesday.”
Tupelo broke a 1-all tie in the fifth. Rob McAuley doubled and Hudson Roy singled him home. Ben Matthews then scored on an infield error.
Hensley struck out seven through 6 1/3 before giving way to Bud Goss with two on. Goss got Chris McCullough to fly out, allowing only Hensley’s run on the flyout.
Hensley escaped trouble in the top of the second with a pair of strikeouts with two on and nearly escaped in the fifth before McCullough’s single tied the game.
Hunter Mulls reached on an error to start the sixth but was thrown out on a pickoff between second and third and Hensley’s fifth strikeout ended the inning.
Tupelo (11-8, 3-3) got on the board in the first after a pair of two-out singles from Michael Ray and Matthews led to an argued balk from Columbus (14-4, 4-2) starter Christian Dale.
Reed Taylor’s sixth-inning bloop loaded the bases to end the night for Dale. Chase Cernigliaro scored on McAuley’s sac fly for a 4-1 lead and Roy’s two-run single made it 6-1.
“(Hensley) did a great job. We just didn’t respond, didn’t get a big hit when we had chances,” Columbus coach Jeffrey Cook said.