SOUTHAVEN – Tupelo’s Charlie Greer could do almost no wrong on the mound Friday night for the Golden Wave, but he did give up one hit to DeSoto Central.
And that fourth-inning hit was too costly to overcome as DeSoto Central scored the only run of the game to defeat Tupelo 1-0 in Game 2 of the the MHSAA Class 6A quarterfinals to even the series.
The deciding Game 3 will be played in Tupelo tonight at 7.
“Charlie threw a great game,” Tupelo head coach Justin Reed said. “You hate it for him that you can’t get a run on the board. Now it comes down to Game 3.”
A high throw over first base got Woogie Lee all the way to second for DeSoto Central (23-8) with an error to begin the fourth inning. He would move to third after a sacrifice bunt by Kameron James.
Drew Thomas came up to bat and hit the ball in-between center and left field to bring Lee across and give DeSoto Central the deciding run.
Greer began the game with four straight strikeouts and finished with seven. His curve ball made the entire night difficult for the Jaguars. He pitched the complete game.
Tupelo (22-8) had its chances in the game, though there were not many. The Golden Wave had only four hits in the game.
In the third inning, Tanner Jaggers had a double and got to third base before the inning ended. Jaggers had a single in the fifth and moved to third again but the Golden Wave was unable to push him across the plate.
In the sixth, the bases were loaded but Tupelo could not get a run across.
“They’re guy did a great job of keeping us off balance,” Reed said. “We just could never find that way to get a guy in to home.”
Tonight’s winner advances to the North finals.
“It’s hard to go on the road and win against good baseball teams, and DeSoto made it tough,” Reed said. “Back to Tupelo with hopefully a big crowd to see Saturday baseball.”