Sophomore goes the distance for Tupelo

OXFORD – Tupelo Golden Wave bats were very much alive for the second straight night Wednesday. And sophomore Drew Hurst pitched for the second-straight night. That was a winning combination for the Wave.

Tupelo rebounded from a tough loss Tuesday with a 13-hit effort against Lake Cormarant, and Hurst pitched a complete game to help the Wave claim a 9-2 victory over the Class 5A Gators.

“I’m glad to get the win,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “Drew Hurst did what he had to do, and the team did what it had to do. It was a great bounce-back win.”

Tupelo was bouncing back from a 14-13 defeat at the hands of Southaven Tuesday. Southaven scored a pair of runs in the sixth and final inning of that contest, with Hurst pitching to the final five batters in the loss. “Hurst had been throwing well in scrimmages,” Enis said. “We decided to give him a chance tonight, and hopefully we can build on that.”

The Tupelo offense began building its lead in the bottom of the first inning. Three straight singles by Carter Clayton, Michael Ray, and Ty Wheeler plated two runs. The Wave pushed across two more runs in the second inning, with Ray connecting on a two-run double for a 4-1 lead. And Tupelo added a run in the fourth on a run-scoring ground out by Clayton. After giving up a first inning run, Hurst settled down with the lead in hand, and solid defensive play.

Lake Cormarant added a solo run in the fifth, but Tupelo bats had a response. Pinch hitter Jason Garrett drew a bases loaded walk to push the Tupelo advantage to 6-2 through five innings. Then in the sixth inning, Tupelo scored three on five hits, with Clayton, Ray, and Luke Weeden getting RBIs.

The game was called with one out in the sixth because of time limit.

Tupelo is scheduled to return to action Saturday, hosting Oxford. But the weather forecast might prompt the matchup to be moved to Friday, with the determination being made sometime Thursday.

The Wave open Division 2-6A play Tuesday on the road against South Panola.

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

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