By Gene Phelps/Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – About the only thing that stopped the Tupelo 49ers and Pontotoc Red Sox this weekend was the weather.
Heavy rains that moved through Prentiss County on Sunday afternoon washed out the championship game of the Tupelo 49ers Invitational between the host team and Pontotoc at Harold T. White Field.
The tournament final will not be played. Both teams finish their regular season this week before they travel to Petal for American Legion State Tournament, which is scheduled to be played July 25-28.
“You can’t control the weather,” Tupelo coach Kirk Presley said. “Getting rained out today was better than having to dodge the weather all weekend.“We got a lot of good games in and played well, so that’s good for us.”
The 49ers (13-9) reached the championship game after defeating Florence, Ala., 9-6 in a Sunday semifinal.
Pontotoc (18-4) qualified for the finals with a 10-2 victory against Columbia, Tenn., in Sunday’s other semifinal.
In its win against Florence Post 11, Tupelo jumped out to a 9-0 lead through the first three innings, then held on to win in the semifinals.
Florence (25-9) loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning, but only scored one run. Right-hander Cole Robinson came on to get the save for the 49ers.
“Cole made some good pitches to some good hitters; he attack the strike zone,” Presley said.
Destin Hahn was the starter and winner on the mound for Tupelo. Murphy Harrison was the starter and loser for Florence.
Drew Carter had a two-run single and Tucker Jenkins an RBI single to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead in the first.
Hudson Roy’s RBI triple highlighted a four-run, four-hit second inning.
Tanner Poole added a two-run triple in the third to give Tupelo its 9-0 lead.
“We came out swinging and on fire, then hit cruise control,” Presley said. “We kept battling.”
James Hillabee and Drake Tucker hit solo home runs to power Florence’s late nine-hit attack.
Pontotoc 10, Columbia 2: The Red Sox scored in every inning on the way to a five-inning victory. Scott Pala and Caleb Gowen each had three hits as Pontotoc logged 13 singles to make a winner of Austin Burdine.