By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – When a stone gets to rolling down hill, it can be pretty hard to stop.
The Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team was rolling downhill Saturday, as a six-run third inning propelled them to a 14-4 victory in six innings over the Saltillo Tigers.
“We capitalized on some mistakes, and got the momentum on our side,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “As we got the momentum, we got confident putting the ball in play.”
Saltillo (1-1) had the momentum early, plating three runs in the top of the first inning. The Tigers collected three hits in the frame, with Chase Hill rapping an RBI double, followed by a two-hit by Chase Watson.
But when momentum swung in Tupelo’s favor, it swung decisively.
Tupelo (2-0) had the bases loaded in the bottom of the third with two out when a high fly ball to short right field was dropped, with the Wave scoring three on the play. Tupelo added three more in the frame on RBI hits by Peyton Wade, Colby Trotter, and Michael Hensley to claim a 6-3 lead.
“I told the team before the season started that walks and errors would beat you this year,” veteran Saltillo coach Johnny Bolen said. “We’ve got to make that play.
“We’ve got to make the play this season in order to beat West Point, Oxford, and New Hope in our division.”
The Wave continued their hot play from that point, with Kyle Cofer knocking in four on two hits, and Brayden Owen ending the contest with a two-run hit.
Tupelo’s ability to score the latter half of the contest make a winner out of senior Dylan Vuncannon, who was making his first-ever varsity appearance on the mound. Vuncannon pitched five innings, scattering six hits and striking out 10. Owen threw a scoreless sixth inning.
“He’s shown he can throw strikes in our scrimmages,” said Enis of Vuncannon. “With these early games, we’re trying to find our division lineup, seeing who’s better against certain teams.”
The Tupelo defense committed no errors, while Saltillo was charged with seven.