At Moss Tournament
Tupelo 9, New Lima 1
NEW LIMA 010 00 — 1 4 2
TUPELO 061 02 — 9 6 2
Burkhart and Morrison. Matt Benedict and Tanner Davis. WP-Benedict (5-0). LP-Burkhart. HL-Jake Sanders 2-2, 2 RS, RBI; Brandon Maggia 1-3, 3 RBIs; Trey Roberson 1-1, 2 RBIs (T).
NOTEWORTHY: Tupelo (No. 5 in Class B) wiped out an early 1-0 New Lima lead with six runs in the bottom of the second and went on to the semifinal run-rule victory. Saturday’s championship game was postponed to Monday because of rain, but Tupelo coach Clay Weller said there was a chance his team wouldn’t play because of testing this week. Matt Benedict tossed a four-hitter Friday for his fifth straight win this spring, and Brandon Maggia’s three-run, two-out bloop single with two outs was the big blow in the second-inning outburst. Jake Sanders was 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the third, and Trey Roberson ended the game on the run rule with a two-run, walkoff single in the fifth.
COACHES QUOTE: “Once again the pitching was solid. Matt was sharp, as he has been all year. He did a good job of keeping them off balance. We missed some pitches we should hit, but you have to be pleased to win a semifinal 9-1 over a decent team.” — Tupelo head coach Clay Weller.
Team Records: Tupelo 15-5
Up Next: Calvin at Tupelo Thursday, 4 and 6 p.m. at Class B District Tournament in Tupelo.
Byng 3, Dickson 2
DICKSON 110 000 0 — 2 2 2
BYNG 030 000 x — 3 6 1
Gordon and Betterton. Clint Humphers, Jake Wellington (1), Mason Groves (7) and Chaise Haley. WP-Wellington (1-0). LP-Gordon. S-Groves. 2B-Brock (D), Chaise Haley (B). HL-Jake Scroggins 3-4, RBI; Haley 1-4, 2 RBIs (B); Brock 1-3, RBI (D).
NOTEWORTHY: Jake Wellington allowed one run in six innings of relief, and Byng wiped out a 2-0 Dickson lead with a three-run second en route to the home win. Chaise Haley had a two-run double and Jake Scroggins added an RBI single (one of his three hits in the game) in the second for the Pirates. Wellington took the mound with two on and nobody out in the first and struck out four before giving way in the seventh to Mason Groves, who got the save. The Pirates are currently riding a five-game winning streak.
COACHES QUOTE: “We drew them for district, so we didn’t do some of the things we normally do. Jake Wellington pitched well.” — Byng head coach Shawn Streater.
Team Records: Byng 11-8
Up Next: Byng at Latta Monday, 4:30 p.m.
At Moss Tournament
Tupelo 10, Weleetka 0
WELEETKA 000 0 — 0 2 2
TUPELO 123 4 — 10 8 0
Burden and Gormly. Brandon Maggia and Tanner Davis. WP-Maggia (3-1). LP-Burden. HR-Maggia (T). 2B-Jacob Beach, Trevor Walkup (T). HL-Maggia 2-2, 2 RS, 3 RBIs; Matt Benedict 2-3, 3 RBIs; Walkup 1-1, 3 RBIs (T).
NOTEWORTHY: Brandon Maggia allowed just two hits over four innings and drove in three runs to lead Tupelo to the run-rule victory. Maggia’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning, and he also gave Tupelo a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Matt Benedict added two hits, and he and Trevor Walkup also drove in three runs apiece for the Tigers.
COACHES QUOTE: “Our pitching and defense were solid again. I’m not totally pleased with our offensive performance, but some of our outs were hit hard.” — Tupelo head coach Clay Weller.
Team Records: Tupelo 14-5
Stratford 10, Wynnewood 4
STRATFORD 700 002 1 — 10 15 3
WYNNEWOOD 020 002 0 — 4 14 2
Tyler Gaines and Chase Chamberlain. Tyler Berry, Dalton Wilcox (1), Jake Willis (1), B.J. Morris (7) and Willis, Morris (1), Willis (7). WP-Gaines (6-1). LP-Berry. 2B-Tyler Mills (S). HL-Mills 3-4, RBI; Gaines 3-3, RBI; Randy Brown 3-4, 3 RBIs; Tommy Lawson 1-4, 2 RBIs; Jacob Wade 3-4 (S); Willis 3-4, 3 RBIs; Heath 2-3, Nathan McCurley 2-3, Wilcox 2-3 (W).
NOTEWORTHY: Tyler Gaines scattered 14 hits and had three of his own as Stratford outlasted Wynnewood. Randy Brown and Tommy Lawson had two-run singles in a seven-run, first-inning outburst, and Brown, Jacob Wade and Tyler Mills had three hits apiece for the Bulldogs, who outhit their hosts just 15-14.
COACHES QUOTE: “It was kind of a crazy game. They had runners on base all day and couldn’t get them in. We got those seven in the first, then we sleep-walked for awhile.” — Stratford head coach Mark Qualls.
Team Records: Stratford 19-3
Up Next: Asher at Stratford Monday, 4 p.m.
Byng 11, Davis 5
BYNG 012 102 5 — 11 9 2
DAVIS 030 020 0 — 5 6 3
Brandon Fortner, Mason Groves (6) and Chaise Haley. Weber, A. Heatherington (4), G. Heatherington (7) and Maynard. WP-Groves. LP-A. Heatherington. HL-Groves 2-4, 3 RS, RBI; Justin Frazier 2-2, 2 RBIs; Fortner 2-2, RBI (B); Maynard 2-2 (D).
NOTEWORTHY: Chaise Haley had a two-run single and Mason Groves and Justin Frazier added RBI hits in a five-run seventh that blew the game open. Mason Groves got the victory in relief and also went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Frazier and Brandon Fortner also had two hits apiece for the Pirates, who outhit Davis 9-6.
Team Records: Byng 10-8