Special to the Journal
TUPELO – After three unremarkable innings, the Wave Tupelo put together a seven-run bottom of the fourth inning Thursday to claim a 9-3 victory over the Shannon Red Raiders in the NEMCABB Summer Tournament.
Tupelo is one of six region hosts in play this week, with all teams funneling into a tournament format Monday through Wednesday in New Albany. Other scores from the Tupelo site Thursday had Houston 13-3 over East Union, and Tupelo 2 winning 5-3 over Shannon.
“We started out slow, but finally our hitters came through,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “We finally figured their pitcher out.”
Tupelo was having trouble with Shannon starter John Bell through three innings, trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the fourth.
Drew Hurst and Sam Russell singled as the Wave loaded the bases with no outs. Tupelo’s seven runs came with two outs, including a three-run double by Garrett Hill, and an RBI double by Will Buse.
“The players are getting good experience in this tournament,” said Shannon head coach Jacob Bruce, whose Red Raiders only graduated three players from the spring. “This tournament is all fun.”
Hurst started and threw four inning, with Graham Taylor throwing the fifth.
Shannon went ahead 2-0 in the top of the second, which included an RBI hit by Shane Kelly. Tupelo tied the contest at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning on a fielders choice and a wild pitch. Shannon added a run in the fourth.
“The key was the big inning, then the last inning with the double play and Graham throwing strikes,” Enis said. “We’ll see how deep we are pitching-wise tomorrow.”
Tupelo 1 plays East Union in a 2:30 p.m. game today, then Houston at 7 p.m., with Tupelo 2 versus East Union at noon and Houston-Shannon at 4:45 p.m.