By Donica Phifer
New Albany Gazette
INGOMAR – Tupelo Christian rode the big arm of senior ace J.G. Lipscomb to a 6-2 victory over Ingomar in Game 1 of a Class 1A state quarterfinal series.
Lipscomb struck out a season-high 18 batters in a complete seven-inning show.
He allowed four hits, three from eighth grader Kelton Hall and a bunt from Brady Cox.
Ingomar led 1-0 until the fifth inning, when the visiting Eagles took control with a three-run outburst.
“You know, they had two on and two outs and they got a base hit and that was it,” Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks said. “Whoever does that is going to win.”
TCPS added three more runs in the sixth, capped by a two RBI base hit from Matt Cates.
Hall’s spectacular night for Ingomar just wasn’t enough, the eighth grader’s three hits and two double plays still leaving the Falcons in a 1-0 series hole.
“The guys are playing for something bigger than a win,” Eagles head coach Will Lowrey said. “I don’t think anyone would have put us here anyway, and we’ve taken the pressure off. We are finding another reason to play the game.”
Game 2 will begin at 2 p.m. today at Tupelo Christian in Belden.