By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave needed something big to happen in their 2013 baseball season.
Seniors Wendell Goss and J. P. Stanzell might have just given the Wave that lift.
Goss delivered crucial middle relief, and Stanzell delivered the game-winning hit Saturday in the seventh inning as the Wave climbed past the Oxford Chargers 7-6.
“This is just what this team needed,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “I thought the key to the game was when Goss came in.
“He got some big outs, including a big double play ball with the bases loaded.”
Oxford moved smartly to a 6-1 lead through two innings of play.
With the bases loaded in the first inning, Jason Barber cleaned the bags with a double to fight field. Then in the second frame, Oxford plated three more, including an RBI hit by Henry Webb.
The Chargers then loaded the bases to begin the top of the third, where Goss relieved Tupelo starter Ben Matthews. Goss got out of the inning facing only two batters, inducing a double play and a fly out.
The Tupelo reliever hurled four innings, scattering two hits.
Meanwhile, the Tupelo offense got some momentum in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by Michael Ray. Then in the sixth, Tupelo tied the contest at 6-6 scoring three runs, including a two-run single by Hudson Roy.
That set up the seventh inning drama, with Stanzell delivering a two-out single for the game winner.
“We didn’t play a lick of defense,” Oxford head coach Chris Baughman said. “We make three plays, we win the game easily.
“It’s time for us to start making plays.”
Tupelo opens Division 2-6A play Tuesday hosting South Panola, while Oxford plays New Hope in 2-5A.
Tupelo 11, Starkville 0: Tupelo (8-5) junior Luke Weeden threw five innings, only allowing one hit over that span.
Oxford 5, Starkville 2: The Chargers (10-4) rebounded behind the complete game from Tyler Hallman, who scattered five hits over seven innings.