By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo didn’t let Grenada starter Hunter Bull stay on the mound much longer than seven seconds.
Tupelo scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 12-4 Division 2-6A win over the Chargers.
Bull hit three batters and Tupelo sent 11 to the plate.
Tupelo (10-7, 2-2) has won two straight division games after an 0-2 start and clinched the Grenada series.
“We set the tone early. That’s a big win for us,” said Tupelo coach Gary Enis. “We made some good defensive plays to end some innings.”
With two on in the top of the first, shortstop Ben Matthews snagged a double-play grounder that barely missed an umpire.
In the bottom, Kyle Cofer’s bases-loaded walk scored J.G. Miley and Reed Taylor’s two-run single made it 3-0 Tupelo.
Matthews’ two-run single made it 5-0 and Bull was pulled after hitting Miley to load the bases.
runs keep coming
Cofer added an RBI single in the second. Grenada (9-3, 1-3) got three back in the fourth on Josh Greer’s RBI double, Trey Bledsoe’s bloop and Jarvorious Redditt’s third hit.
Tupelo starter Michael Hensley walked Will Jordan to load the bases before Bud Goss came in and got a two-out goundout with a 6-3 lead. Hensley improved to 4-1.
“We’ve been 0-2 in division before, last year, and knew how important this was,” Cofer said. “We haven’t been hitting the ball well, so we brought the sticks out.”
Goss moved a pair of runners with a bunt in the fourth and Miley scored on a sac fly from Cofer, who drove in four.
J.P. Stanzell added a two-run single for a 9-3 lead before Cofer’s fourth RBI and Michael Ray’s RBI double.
Redditt was 4 for 4 for the Chargers.
“They obviously hit the ball well today and we did some things to help them too,” Grenada coach Jake Yarborough said.