Tupelo 49ers back home for invitational

By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
Golden Wave Field was closed to all baseball last summer for planning and later renovations.
Today through Sunday marks the return of traditional summer baseball as the senior American Legion team hosts the Tupelo 49ers Invitational 2014.
“It is good to have some home games,” Tupelo head coach Kirk Presley said. “Home games and tournaments are a lot of work, but you don’t mind.
“We get to sleep in our own beds.”
Eight teams will each play three games, with six teams then guaranteed at least one game Sunday.
The championship game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Booneville and Pontotoc will swing their bats today, with Booneville in action against the Mississippi Braves at 5:30 p.m., and the Braves playing Pontotoc at 8 p.m. Five games are set for Friday and Saturday, with the 49ers not seeing action until 8 p.m. Friday against the Mississippi Blues.
“Four out of the eight teams have participated in American Legion regional play on a regular basis,” Presley said.
“All eight teams are solid, and it will be a good tournament.”
The 49ers, the defending state champions, are 13-8, including a tournament win in June at the University of North Alabama.
“I’ve been real pleased the last couple of weeks with all phases of our game,” Presley said.
The Pontotoc Red Sox, who will host the senior American Legion State Tournament July 25-27, have also been playing well throughout the South, sporting a 19-7 mark.
Pontotoc made it to the championship game of a recent tournament in Columbia (Tenn.)