By GENE PHELPS
TUPELO – First-year Tupelo assistant slow pitch softball coach Brittney Robertson is now 1-0 as acting head coach.
Robertson, subbing for first-year head coach Josh Hegwood – who became a first-time father on Monday – watched the Lady Wave rally in the seventh inning Tuesday to defeat visiting Itawamba AHS 5-3.
“These girls work hard no matter what,” Robertson said. “They didn’t give up when we were down. In the end, playing aggressive helped us win the game.”
IAHS (0-3), which trailed 2-0, scored three runs on three hits and an error in the sixth inning to take the lead. Jamyia Hill had a double while Bri Moore and Maddie Forrest singled for the Lady Indians.
Tupelo (2-1) answered with a three-run bottom of the sixth, scoring on an outfield error and three singles by Rachel Rooney, Paige Cox and Abby Stafford, who paced the Lady Wave with three hits.
“We had the mindset that we weren’t losing,” said Stafford, a senior first baseman. “We came back and scored some runs.
“If you let a team hang around, they’ll come back. Itawamba’s a good-hitting team.”
IAHS coach Rodney Moore, who lost five seniors off his 2012 team, played a young lineup.
“We’re going through growing pains,” he said. “We had some errors on plays that we have to make.”
The Lady Wave’s offense produced 15 hits, all singles, but stranded 10 runners. Rooney, Cox, Katie Rieves and Lauren Knight all has two hits apiece for Tupelo.
“We could have hit a little better (with runners on base),” Robertson said.
Ally Watts had an RBI single to give Tupelo a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Lady Wave made it 2-0 in the third on an RBI single by Rieves.
Tupelo hit the ball well in last weekend’s Kossuth tournament. The Lady Wave lost a thriller to Kossuth, 13-9, on a grand slam home run.
“I think we’ve got some good sticks,” Stafford said. “Our defense is pretty solid, too.”