By Gene Phelps
TUPELO – There wasn’t much Tupelo coach Josh Hegwood could say after watching Columbus pound the softball Tuesday.
The visiting Lady Falcons rallied from a 2-1 loss to Tupelo in Game 1 of their MHSAA Class 5A/6A first-round playoff series to rip 35 hits on their way to defeating the Lady Wave by scores of 13-4 and 15-1 in the second and third games.
“They hit the ball; they hit everything,” said Tupelo’s first-year coach. “There was really nothing we could do.”
Columbus (10-7) advanced to Saturday’s second round. Tupelo (14-8-1) saw its season end.
“We’ve hit the ball well the last few weeks,” first-year Columbus coach Eric Thornton said. “The girls were able to get something going and sustained it.”
Columbus iced the series win by scoring 14 runs in the second inning of the deciding third game. The key blow was a three-run inside-the-park home run by Shequera Wilson.
In Game 1, pinch runner Alisha Graf scored from second after a Columbus error at first base on a ground ball by Paige Cox in the seventh to give the Lady Wave its winning 2-1 edge.
Graf was running for catcher Ali Watts, who doubled to center to lead off the inning.
Tupelo led 1-0 following an RBI single by Cox in the second.
Columbus tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the seventh on three consecutive singles. Kiara Conner, who went 3-for-3, singled in the tying run.
In Game 3, Wilson had four hits to lead a 19-hit attack by the Lady Falcons, who scored five runs in the fourth and fifth innings of their 13-4 win.
Columbus won despite committing seven errors.