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Despite a losing record, the Tupelo Christian Prepatory Eagles baseball team might be poised for another run deep into the Class 1A playoffs.
“It’s a little too early to think that,” TCPS head coach Will Lowrey said. “But we have played several quality games.”
The Eagles have been a force in the north region in recent seasons, reaching the semifinal series in 1A the last two seasons.
The Eagles are currently 2-7 overall this season, as they prepare to open Division 4-2A play today at Smithville at 7 p.m.
“It’s fair to say we have played the toughest schedule in the state for a 1A team,” Lowrey said. “If not the top, I know it’s been competitive.”
The Eagles have played 3A teams or larger in its first nine games. That includes three 6A teams, including the top ranked team in the state, DeSoto Central.
“I think we’re as prepared as we’re going to be going into the Smithville game,” Lowrey said. “We have done what we set out to do, challenge ourselves.
Lowrey has liked the efforts on the mound thus far of J. G. Lipscomb, Devin Orr, and Israel Foster. Offensively, Lowery likes the upside that freshman John Mark Jolly has shown.
“We’re still finding out right now about our offense,” Lowrey said. “We have a lot of guys with talent.”
Tupelo Christian will play three division games within the next eight days, including key matchups against Smithville today and Hamilton on Tuesday. The Eagles will still be challenging themselves the next two Saturdays, playing New Albany on Saturday, and DeSoto Central again March 29.
“Smithville will be a force in our division, and you have watch it for Thrasher and Myrtle,” Lowrey said. “In a nutshell, we’ve shown ourselves where we need to improve.”