Warriors swing big bats to back 'great' pitching effort

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

PONTOTOC – Pontotoc can hit. It proved it Monday with a 15-hit performance in an 11-3 win against Tupelo.
The Warriors (13-3) scored five runs in the fourth inning to open a 9-2 lead.
“We have had some games where we’ve hit the ball like that,” Pontotoc coach Phil Webb said. “We were able to string some together tonight behind a great pitching performance.”
Pontotoc pitcher Landon Tutor (1-0) has been plagued by a shoulder injury but struck out seven in six innings in his second outing of the season.
Tutor’s third-inning home run put the Warriors ahead for good, 3-2.
In the fourth, four of the five runs followed a two-out error. Blake Davis’ sac fly had the Warriors up 5-2. After Ethan Gill reached on Tupelo’s only error, Ryan Watts walked and Hayden Cummings followed with an RBI double. Zach Gory had a two-run single and Reid Tackett an RBI single.
Tackett was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI.
“It’s getting better and better every time I throw,” Tutor said. “I felt pretty good.”
Tupelo scored in the first but blew a chance at more. Dylan Vuncannon’s fielder’s choice gave the Wave a 1-0 lead but a strikeout ended the inning with the bases loaded.
In the bottom, Gill and Cummings had RBI singles.
Tupelo (5-6) tied the game on Rob McAuley fielder’s choice.
“We just didn’t match their hitters and we’re not real consistent,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “They’re a fine hitting team. They hit a whole lot of balls real hard tonight.”
Brock Tutor had an RBI double and Caulen Dallas an RBI single in the sixth for Pontotoc. Tupelo scored its third run on Hudson Roy’s fielder’s choice.
Starter Colby Trotter (0-1), the first of five pitchers for the Wave, took the loss.
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