By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo Golden Wave baseball coach Gary Enis is looking for pitchers to step up by the time his squad hits division play.
Senior Ben Matthews stuck his spikes into that door on Wednesday.
Throwing a complete game three-hitter, Matthews helped the Wave to a 7-1 victory over the Alcorn Central Golden Bears.
“We’ve had three good outings by our starters to begin the season, and Ben certainly had a good game tonight,” Enis said. “He’s shown that he could do this in scrimmages, and tonight, he threw strikes and kept them off balance.”
Matthews’ outing included seven strikeouts, giving up his only run in the top of the fifth inning on a double by Jay Moore and a sacrifice fly.
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Tupelo (2-1) bats contributed as well, stringing together 11 hits.
“Justin Sparks threw well for us, but we didn’t compete at the plate, not very good at all,” Alcorn Central head coach Jeff Wood said. “There are a lot of positives we can take away from this game, but not at the plate.”
The Wave got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning as back-to-back hits by Michael Hensley and William Drummond set up an RBI single by Carter Clayton for a 2-0 lead.
Tupelo added a lone run in the fifth with an RBI single by Drummond.
Then in the bottom of the sixth, Tupelo padded its margin. The Wave scored four runs with two out, including RBI hits by Matthews, Hensley, and Rob McAuley.
“Under not good conditions, our hitters finally strung together some hits,” Enis said. “Their left-handed pitcher kept us off balance.”
Sparks hurled five innings for Central (1-1), allowing eight hits over that span.
This was the first of four games in four days for the Wave, who play New Hope, Oxford, and Itawamba AHS in Amory through Saturday.