GRENADA – Grenada had stranded 42 base runners through its first four Division 2-6A games this season.
Tupelo wishes the Chargers had stranded No. 43.
Javorious Redditt doubled in Brandon Williams with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday to lift Grenada to a 6-5 victory – its first in division play – against the visiting Golden Wave.
“A lot of times this season we’ve stopped playing,” Redditt said. “We told coach (Jake Yarborough) that he had to be tough on us. He didn’t let us down.
“This will help us a lot confidence-wise.”
Tupelo (10-3, 3-1) took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh only to see the Chargers rally with four hits and three runs to send the game to extra innings. Golden Wave shortstop Walter Goss threw out the potential winning run at the plate in the seventh to end the inning.
“Tip your hat to Grenada. They put the bat on the ball with men in scoring position,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said.
While Grenada (8-5, 1-3) finally got its sticks going, Enis attributed his team’s disappointing loss to its inability to get the clutch hit.
“We had our chances to extend the lead and didn’t get anything,” he said.
Tupelo got a strong pitching performance from its starter, left-hander Hudson Roy. He struck out six and four-hit the Chargers through six innings. He gave up three hits, including a double, before exiting in the seventh in favor of Luke Weeden.
A double by Weeden in the first gave Tupelo an early 1-0 lead.
Tupelo made it 4-2 in the fourth a 2-run single by Michael Ray and a Weeden single. Ray singled in his third run in the fifth to make it 5-2.