The Golden Wave baseball team hit the field against an opponent Saturday at the Nettleton Jamboree for the first time in 2014.
Tupelo made a quality offensive first inning stand up over the four inning format, defeating the Baldwyn Bearcats 5-2 in its first game of the day. “It was good to get the guys some at bats against other pitching,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “It was good to work out some kinks.”
Tupelo scored all five of its runs in the top of the first inning with its senior dominated lineup. Michael Ray led off with a solid single to right, Ty Wheeler fisted a single to second, and Tupelo scored it’s first run on junior William Ikerd’s sacrific fly. Reed Taylor then added a single to right, and Chase Cernigliaro knocked in another run with a hit up the middle. Two more runs scored on an error off the bat of Luke Weeden, and Reed Taylor wrapped up the scoring with a single to left.
Hudson Roy got the start on the mound for Tupelo, with each pitcher limited to two innings under the jamboree format. Roy was in a bit of a jam in the bottom of the first with the first three Baldwyn batters reaching. But Wheeler at first base snagged a line drive for a double play, and Roy handled a come-back to get out of the frame.
Baldwyn, which was a win away from the Class 2A championship series a season ago, scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. “We could have played better defensively, but all that will work out as the season goes on,” Enis said. “I think we’re ahead of where we should be, we just have to stay consistent.”
THS shutouts Nettleton
Tupelo got a solid two innings on the mound from sophomore Jason Garrett, and scored three runs in its last at bat to claim a victory.
Garrett, a left hander, started the contest against a veteran but still junior dominate Nettleton club. The sophomore struck out five in his two innings, but had to work out of difficulty in the second frame. A hit batter and a walk had Nettleton with two on base with two out, but Garrett got out of the inning. Wheeler came on to throw the third inning, facing four batters. Carter Clayton hurled the fourth inning, facing three batters.
Tupelo bats were held in check for the most part until the top of the fourth. There, singles by Roy and Ray set up a run-scoring ground out by Wheeler. Then the big blow of the game was a two-run home run by Ikerd to left field.
Tupelo officially opens the season Friday in the Tupelo Classic. The Wave face Saltillo at 6 p.m. Friday, then squares off against Louisville at 5 p.m. Saturday.