The real season is here for the Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team.
The Wave open Division 2-6A play today/Tuesday when they travel to Batesville to face South Panola. “I think the last two games we’ve played well, but we’re looking to turn it up a notch now,” said head coach Gary Enis, whose Wave are coming off recent wins over Lake Cormarant and Oxford. “We need to be more focused on what needs to be done.”
Game time for the varsity matchup is set for 6 p.m., with junior varsity playing at 4 p.m. Tupelo enters this contest with a 6-2 record, while South Panola has posted a 6-3 effort.
The two teams will also be pitted against each other Friday in Tupelo, with 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. game times as well.
A season ago, Tupelo managed a 6-3 division record, good enough to claim the 2-6A No. 1 seed. But the Wave did lose two of three to South Panola.
“I know South Panola has both of their starting pitchers back from last year,”Enis said.
This season, the Tigers boast two pitchers with 0.00 ERAs. Austin Towles has thrown 7.2 innings, and Macen McGee 7.0 innings. Also, Hunter Ivy is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA over 8.1 innings.
Enis expects to start senior Carter Clayton for the road game. Clayton has thrown 16.1 innings on the young season, including an epic 10 innings versus Pontotoc, a game Tupelo won in 12 innings.
On Friday, senior Hudson Roy will get the nod, boasting a 3-0 record, having only allowed one run in his 19 innings thus far. Offensively for the Wave, the bat of senior Ty Wheeler is at a .464 batting average, and leads the team in extra base hits. Roy is at .400, with senior Michael Ray starting shake off a slow start at .360. Junior William Ikerd leads the team in RBIs at nine. “I’m proud of our senior leadership this season, but we still have room to improve,” Enis said. “I want consistency, and I want this team to put fear in the mind of other teams. We’re not there yet.”
South Panola has Dashawn Lindsay at .467, with Ivy at .462 with the bat.
Also on the schedule this week, the Wave will be in Fulton Saturday to face Itawamba AHS (5-4) in a varsity only contest starting at noon.
Tupelo will continue division play with a pair of games against Grenada (5-1) the week of March 24, and Hernando (6-5) the week of March 31.