By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
Back on March 9, the Tupelo Christian Eagles were supposed to host North Delta Academy for a baseball game.
The game was rained out.
Not a big deal, other than the fact it was suppose to be the first game played on Eagles’ new baseball field.
Move up the calendar to today, when TCPS gets its second shot at the premiere, slated to host the Vardaman Rams at 4 p.m. in the Division 4-1A opener for both squads.
“There are a lot of unknowns with our field,” TCPS head coach Will Lowery said. “We’re just approaching it as a normal game.”
From the field perspective, Lowery likes the fact that the Eagles have been able to add a junior high program. The TCPS coach also likes the size of the dugouts.
“We have dugouts that are 50 feet long,” Lowery said. “I asked Delta State head coach Mike Kinnison about it, and he said make them as big as possible because sometimes you want to get away from those kids.
“I think the biggest thing is that the kids take a lot of pride in the field. Anytime we can have event on campus, it’s a positive for the school.”
Between the foul lines, the Eagles are 5-4 entering division play. A season ago, TCPS was a series away from playing the Class 1A state championship series.
“It’s really important for us to come out and play the way we know we can play,” Lowery said. “We were able to compete (defeat) with Columbus in our first game of the season.
“I’m pleased with the potential the team has shown.”
Lowery points to senior Drew Carter as pitching well at the moment, which includes a nine strike out and two walk effort against DeSoto Central.
“We get that kind of consistency out of him, he could carry us this year,” Lowery said. “Our hitting has been inconsistent, but our team defense and pitching has been good at times.”