By GENE PHELPS
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.
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.”