By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
BELDEN – It took Tupelo Christian 10 games to score on its new field. In the Eagles’ defense, Tuesday was the season’s home opener. It didn’t take long to score in a 10-0, five-inning, division-opening win against Vardaman.
“First game on the new field, everybody is a little excited,” TCPS coach Will Lowrey said. “I think they channeled that. I’d like to see us be consistent. We’ve shown greatness but we’re very inconsistent right now.”
TCPS (6-4, 1-0 Division 4-1A) scored seven in the first and ended it on Stephen Sexton’s solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.
JG Lipscomb tripled to right in the top of the first as windy conditions played mind tricks on Rams’ right fielder Ryan Washington. He scored on Lee McBunch’s groundout. Drew Carter struck out 10 against five walks and improved to 2-2 on the season. His double made it 2-0 and after a double steal, Tayler Beard drove in two on a single to left.
runs keep coming
Zachary Tybor and Matt Cates added RBI singles that made it 6-0. After Kemp Edmonson hit Zach Bridges, Michael Ty Long took the mound. Cates scored on Lipscomb’s groundout but Bridges was caught in a rundown to end the inning.
“It’’s always good to come in and pitch with a nice lead,” Carter said. “I appreciate the support from my team.”
Beard threw out a pair of runners from his catcher’s spot in the top of the first. Carter drove in his second run in the second with a single and Jack Haynes scored on Sexton’s RBI groundout.
Long had two of three hits for Vardaman (2-8).
“I was trying to off-speed them. (Edmonson) just didn’t have it today,” Vardaman coach Boo Griffin said. “But we’ve improved a lot. Tip your hat to them. They’ve got some good hitters.”