Tupelo pitching allowed just one hit over six innings, and the fourth-ranked Tigers rolled over Calvin, 13-0 and 15-0, to claim the title at their Class B District Tournament Thursday.
Trey Roberson allowed one hit over three innings in the opener, and Tupelo (17-5) scored seven runs in the first and six in the second to put the game away.
Kade Curry hit a three-run homer in the first, and Jake Sanders had a two-run single and an RBI double in the second and finished with three of Tupelo’s 10 hits in the Game 1 victory.
In the nightcap, freshman Chat Henry didn’t allow a hit over three innings in his first varsity start, and Tupelo again erased all doubt early, scoring 11 times in the first inning.
Henry and Nathan Hogue had two doubles and three RBIs apiece to pace Tupelo’s 12-hit attack, and Henry’s batterymate, Tanner Davis, also drove in three runs for the Tigers.
“I liked what I saw from our pitching, and we didn’t make an error all day,” Tupelo coach Clay Weller said. “We hit a few balls hard. Maybe we can get back on track offensively.”
Tupelo will prep for its regional tournament with games at Soper (No. 1 in Class A) at 4:30 p.m. today and at Stonewall (No. 16 in Class A) at 4 p.m. Monday.
Stonewall sweeps Allen to advance
STONEWALL — The Stonewall Longhorns had little problems with the Allen Mustangs as they swept their Pontotoc Conference rivals 10-0 and 15-0 in a pair of five-inning, run-rule games to win the Class A District Tournament Thursday at Gibson Field. The losses ended the season for the Mustangs.
In the opener, the Longhorns (12-11), ranked 16th in Class A, scored six runs in the opening inning to take control.
The pitching duo of Dakota McCollum (5-2 with the win) and Zeke Munday combined on a two-hitter. McCollum had three strikeouts in two innings of work, while Munday had five Ks in his three innings.
In the nightcap, the ’Horns scored eight runs in the first inning and six runs in the second to take a 14-0 lead after two innings.
Josh Scribner (2-3) got the complete-game victory, pitching a one-hitter as Allen’s Conner Johnson got a single to spoil the Stonewall senior’s no-hit bid.
For the 10 innings played, Stonewall pitching allowed only three hits.
“We threw the ball well,” Stonewall coach Chuck Barton said. “They threw strikes, and were in the zone. And we were able to take care of business.”
McCollum and Jordan Curtis had three hits apiece with one and two runs batted in, respectively, while Brandon Elmore, Munday, Tanner Taylor and Cord Hendley all had two hits apiece. Zeke Brannon hit the only home run of the twinbill, his first of the season, in the second game.
The Longhorns, who will find out Monday where and who they will play in the Class A Regional Tournament, will return to action at 4 p.m. Monday at Gibson Field against another Pontotoc Conference rival, the Tupelo Tigers.