TUPELO – DeSoto Central came, they saw Tupelo and Madison Central Saturday, and they won.
The Clarion Ledgers’ No. 2 team in the state was able to cruise through a doubleheader at Golden Wave field, dispatching the Wave 7-0, and get past Madison Central 11-3.
“We had just two bad innings,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “It was good to play two playoff teams this weekend, and see how we match up.”
The Tupelo offense had to match up against DeSoto starter and Mississippi State signee Keegan James threw five innings against the Wave, limiting the home team to just two singles by Ty Wheeler and Carter Clayton.
DeSoto scored all of its runs in just two innings, beginning in the second. Ole Miss signee Kyle Watson led off with a double, as the visitors used two walks, a hit batter, a single, and a wild pitch to score four runs.
In the fourth inning, DeSoto needed only three hits to score three runs. Brant Blaylock led off with a double and scored on MSU signee Autsin Riley’s single. Ole Miss signee Clay Casey followed with a towering home run to left for all the runs DeSoto would need.
“Not only did they have good hitters, they threw good pitchers against us,” Enis said. “We had some good at bats, we swung too early at times, but this was part of a learning experience.”
Ole Miss signee Dallas Woolfork closed out the Wave in the seventh inning, with Tupelo facing two of DeSoto’s top three pitchers. Tupelo did threaten in the second inning as Luke Weeden walked, and Wheeler hit his hit. In the fourth, Hudson Roy walked and Clayton got his hit for Tupelo’s two biggest threats.
Sophomore Jason Garrett pitched the first four innings for the Wave, and junior Will Buse threw the final three frames.
In the first contest of the day, DeSoto stung Madison Central for eight runs in the bottom of the first. DeSoto out hit Madison Central 10-4.
Next up for Tupelo is its last scheduled home game against Southaven Tuesday. It will senior-night for the Wave. Tupelo is scheduled to play at Belmont Friday, but that date is the middle of the play in round of the playoffs, and Belmont can finish no better than second place in 1-3A. Enis indicates Tupelo will look to play another division winner, perhaps Louisville, over the weekend.
The 2-6A champ, Tupelo will begin its playoffs May 1 against the winner of the Madison Central-Horn Lake series.