By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The snowball is rolling downhill, and teams on the Tupelo Golden Wave’s schedule are ganging up to push it as fast as they can.
Negative momentum continued for the Wave Tuesday as the Grenada Chargers scored effectively to grab a 7-1 victory in a Division 2-6A contest.
“We’re struggling right now,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “We’re trying to find something good.
“This is new to all of us, but we still have to find a way to win some baseball games.”
The overall situation the Wave (5-7, 0-3) find themselves in is certainly different. For a program that has won its division title 22 of the previous 23 seasons, Tupelo is currently winless in 2-6A play.
The game situation against Grenada (8-4, 3-0) turned negative quickly this night. In the top of the first inning, the Chargers loaded the bases with one out, and Justin Kinard cleared them with a double to put the visitors up 3-0.
Tupelo put itself in position to respond in the bottom of the frame as Caleb Walker walked, and Hudson Roy singled to start the inning. But the Wave could only manage a Brayden Owen RBI single to close the margin to 3-1.
The second inning saw Tupelo fare no better, loading the bases with only one out, but failing to score.
Grenada had little trouble pushing the snowball over the Wave after that.
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The Chargers added three runs in the fourth frame, beginning with a leadoff home run to left field by sophomore Javarious Redditt. A sacrifice fly and a passed ball allowed two more to pad the Grenada margin to 6-1.
An RBI single by Dalton Thomas in the seventh capped the Chargers scoring.
“You win in Tupelo, you’re doing something,” Grenada coach Jake Yarborough said. “Hunter Ball threw good strikes, and mixed up his pitches.”
A junior, Ball went the distance for Grenada, scattering five hits.