By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
NORTHPORT, Ala. – Kirk Presley thought second baseman Cole Robinson was down for the count Friday with an injured right wrist.
Instead, Robinson rebounded to deliver the knockout blow for the Tupelo 49ers in their 5-4 victory against Albany (Ga.) Post 30 in the Killian-Windham American Legion Invitational at Tuscaloosa County High School.
Robinson’s single to the gap in right-center field scored Drew Carter from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning for Tupelo’s game-winning run.
“It bothered me a little, but nothing big. It’s bruised,” said Robinson, who will be a senior at Amory High School, as he unwrapped the gauze and tape from his wrist. “It feels good to have the winning hit. I haven’t had many.”
The 49ers (5-2) lost their tournament opener, 10-2 in five innings to Troy (Ala.) Post 70. Tupelo continues pool play today with games against Bessemer, Ala. and Columbia, Tenn.
Robinson was injured attempting to break up a double play in the second inning against Troy. The relay throw hit his wrist.
“It looked bad,” Presley said of Robinson’s injury. “I didn’t know if he would be able to play.”
big fifth inning
Tupelo trailed Albany 4-2 headed into the bottom of the fifth, but tied the score on singles by Robinson and Ben Seay, and a double by J.G. Miley.
Albany reliever, right-hander James Casanova, had teased the 49ers with off-speed pitches for five innings. Robinson timed one of his breaking balls and ripped a line drive for the game-winner.
“I was looking to put the ball in play,” Robinson said.
“He (Robinson) has been swinging the well,” Presley said. “It’s always fun for a player to get the game-winning hit.”
Amory left-hander Collin McCrory picked up the mound win in relief for the 49ers. Mooreville’s Chandler Crawford was the starter. Tupelo used three pitchers in the opener.
“We don’t want to throw our pitchers too much early,” Presley noted.
In the opener, Tupelo took a 2-0 lead in the first inning only to see Troy rally with a seven-run fourth. Hunter Sullivan’s three-run homer ended the game in the fifth.