Tupelo Golden Wave kept off balance in loss

By Special to the Journal

OXFORD – Spring break is suppose to be a relaxing time.
Not for the Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team.
The Wave took it on the chin for the second time in as many days, losing Wednesday to Christian Brothers 11-4 in action at the Oxford Spring Break Tournament.
Tupelo (6-5) was one-hit 3-0 on Tuesday by Olive Branch.
“We just allowed the big innings,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “And of course we faced a good pitcher.
“But I think it did help us to face a quality pitcher getting ready for division play.”
Tupelo tried to face off against 6-foot-5 Christian Brothers hurler John Wesley Ray. But the Ole Miss signee kept Tupelo bats off balance for his four innings of work, allowing only three hits over that span.
And the Christian Brothers offense did more than its share to aid the Memphis team in chalking up the win.
Tupelo starter Hudson Roy was touched for a pair of runs in the first inning on a walk and an RBI hit by Corey Herndon. Then in the top of the third, Roy was charged with three runs after a pair of walks, a hit batter, and a single.
In all, Tupelo pitching walked six and hit four batters, while allowing 10 hits.
Trailing 5-0, the Wave (6-5) tried to make it interesting in the bottom of the third. There, juniors Chase Cernigliaro and Roy singled, then scored on Michael Ray’s RBI hit to pull within 5-2.
Christian Brothers tacked on four unearned runs in the fifth off reliever Ty Wheeler, who entered in the third frame. They also added a pair of runs in the sixth on a walk, double, ground out, and a sacrifice fly.
Tupelo added a run in the fifth on a fielders choice by Wheeler, and another in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Carter Clayton and Michael Hensley.
Tupelo tries to rebound Saturday, hosting Oxford at 11 a.m., and Starkville at 4:30 p.m. Oxford and Starkville matchup in between those two Tupelo games.