Softball: Big week for Wave’s new coach

By GENE PHELPS
Daily Journal

SPRINGVILLE – Josh Hegwood’s had a good first week as Tupelo’s new slow-pitch softball coach.

Off the field, he became a first-time father.

On the field, his Lady Wave has fashioned a 4-1-1 record to start the season.

“A 4-1 start and a brand new baby, I’m tickled to death,” Hegwood said Saturday between games in the South Pontotoc Tournament. “Coming in late and really not knowing the kids … I like what I’ve seen defensively.”

Hegwood was named Tupelo’s fast-pitch coach earlier this summer, but added the slow-pitch job when the team’s former coach left before the season began.

The Lady Wave defeated Houston 2-1 in their first game at South Pontotoc. Pitcher Reagan Aldridge drove in the game-winning run with a single to left field in the bottom of the seventh.

Aldridge also had a double and two of Tupelo’s six hits.

“I saw the pitch drop in just right and I took it,” she said of her go-ahead RBI. “I’m sure our hitting will come around once we take more swings and cuts in practice.”

Actually, Tupelo bats came alive in its second game, an 8-8 eight-inning tie with Mooreville.

The Lady Wave collected 15 hits and built a 6-0 lead through two innings.

Mooreville (1-4-1) rallied with four runs in the second inning and one each in the third and fourth to tie the score at 6-6.

Kendall Brooks and Ally Watts had RBI singles in the fifth to give Tupelo an 8-6 lead.

The Lady Troopers tied the score in the seventh on Lexi Weaver’s two-run bloop single. Mooreville had 15 hits, all singles.

Troopers’ improvement
It was quite a change for Mooreville, which managed just three hits earlier in a 2-0 loss to Houston.

“We played a lot better,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “We just didn’t hit in the first game. In this one we got down early, but battled back. The girls played really well.”

gene.phelps@journalinc.com