By TIM TUTOR
ECRU — The Tupelo Golden Wave rolled onto Viking Field Saturday afternoon ready to play some baseball. They defeated North Pontotoc 10-0 in five innings.
“We didn’t come to play and we didn’t play well,” said Viking head coach Chad Anthony after the mercy rule had cut the game short.
“That’s the bottom line. There’s nothing else really to talk about.”
Aided by five walks in the first two innings, freshman starting pitcher Jeremy Ferguson was tagged for five runs on five hits by Tupelo, before Anthony pulled the left hander after one and two-thirds innings of work.
Senior second baseman Daniel Thacker inherited Golden Wave runners on first and second with two outs to start his relief effort. A booted grounder to short then loaded the bases.
Before a ground ball to senior short stop Adam Coker ended the top-half of the inning with a force play at second, another NP walk plated Tupelo’s sixth run.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Vikings began to stage a comeback. A double to center field by senior catcher Grant Werner put runners on first and second with only one out.
But the effort was upstaged by good Tupelo pitching, when the next two North Pontotoc batters popped out to second and first, respectively.
The Vikings did not get another hit until the bottom of the fifth, while the Golden Wave had added another four runs to make it 10-0.
Freshman first baseman Josh Swords started the North half of the fifth with a hit to right field. Then, after a strikeout and another pop out, Thacker slapped a double past the Tupelo left fielder to put runners at second and third and give the Vikings a shot at another two innings with a run scored.
But it was not to be on this beautiful Saturday afternoon for baseball at North Pontotoc, when the Tupelo first baseman made a good grab of a pop foul at the fence to end the game.