Michael Henley hurled a one-hit complete game as the Wave came from behind to defeat the New Hope Trojans 6-2 Thursday in action at the Amory Tournament.
“Michael Hensley struggled a bit in the first inning, then calmed down,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “He is another of our pitchers that need to get innings under his belt.
“He battled in the strike zone tonight against a very good team.”
Hensley’s five-inning performance against New Hope (2-1) backed up Ben Matthews’ seven-inning complete game Wednesday in a 7-1 win over Alcorn Central.
New Hope brought in its own challenge for the Wave (3-1), having scored 19 runs total in its first two contests.
And the Trojans certainly threatened in the first inning, loading the bases on a wild pitch third strike, a walk, and a hit batter.
But Hensley (2-0) got out of the jam allowing only one run with a sacrifice fly and a strike out.
New Hope added a second run in the bottom of the second on a walk, then a triple by Will Golson.
Tupelo’s bats woke up against New Hope ace Landon Boyd (1-1) in the third inning.
With two outs, a walk and an error set up a game-tying double by junior Hudson Roy. Juniors Michael Ray followed with an RBI hit, then Ty Wheeler with a solid two-run home run to push the Wave up 5-2.
“We faced a good pitcher tonight, and that is going to do nothing but make us better,” Enis said. “We had some big swings at the right time.
“Our 2, 3 and 4 hitters made good contact, and put pressure on their defense.”
Tupelo added a solo run in the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Wheeler.
The Amory Tournament play continues today with Amory-Nettleton at 3:30 p.m., Hamilton-Itawamba AHS at 5:30 p.m., and Tupelo-Oxford at 7:30 p.m.
ALSO ON THURSDAY
AMORY 1, SALTILLO 0: In the nightcap at the Amory tourney, Jake Childers’ walkoff single broke up a scoreless game that saw just six hits total until the seventh inning.
Jon David Poss grabbed the win for Amory (2-0) in relief, going three innings, striking out two and allowing one hit, while Tory Gifford took the loss for Saltillo (0-4).
Amory starter Destin Hahn struck out six in his four innings of work. “I thought we did a good job of making things happen when we had to,” Amory coach Chad Williams. “I thought we played some good defense. Our pitching isn’t where I thought it would be, and our bats were pitiful tonight.”
Melissa Meador, Monroe Journal