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Day gets off to slow start for Jackets

March 31, 2012

It wasn't the start of the day the Starkville Yellowjackets were looking for.

The Jackets gave up six runs on five hits to the Tupelo Golden Wave in the first inning and couldn't quite recover in suffering a 9-7 loss in the first game on Saturday.

After claiming a 12-9 victory against Neshoba Central to improve to 4-0 in Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 Friday night, Starkville didn't come out with the same sting against the Golden Wave which frustrated coach Danny Carlisle.

"We made a couple of miscues and give them six runs," Carlisle said. "You've got to be ready to play every time you come to the park. We weren't ready when we got here.

"We win a division game last night and try to build momentum then come out here and don't play well for whatever reason. It wasn't one or two (players), but about five that really didn't want to be here."

The Jackets, which did defeat Winona later in the day to improve their record to 12-4, found themselves having to battle from behind the entire game against Tupelo.

Even though Starkville fell in the hole, it closed the gap at the end by scoring one run in the second inning, one in the third, three in the fourth and two in the seventh.

Neither squad used its top pitching in competition between division series, the Golden Wave did more against Tanner Clanton and Daniel Murphree of the Jackets.

Clanton, the starter for SHS, gave up the first six runs on four hits, while Murphree entered the game in the first inning and allowed three runs on 11 hits the rest of the way.

"The pitching was about the same," Carlisle said. "It's not a Tuesday or Friday pitcher. The difference in the game was they stood up there and hit strikes, while we swung at bad pitches. We popped it up and hit weak ground balls. When we throw a strike, they wore the six (shortstop) hole out."

Tupelo, which had 15 hits in the game, improved its overall record to 8-7. The Golden Wave also defeated Winona 21-12 in the second game of the day.

Even though the season hasn't live up to the usual Tupelo standards, Carlisle said coach Gary Enis still has a capable club.

"(Tupelo's) record isn't that good, but they have a good ballclub," Carlisle said. "Gary Enis does a tremendous job and I have all of the respect in the world for him. He does a good job and I know some folks are on him up there, but they need to walk in his shoes.

"He's won 25 games average per year in the time he's been there. Who else has done that? Gary is a close friend of mine. I've coached against him and coached against him when he played. He had them ready to play. They came ready to play and we didn't."

The Jackets only had six hits with Maurico Clark being the only multiple hitter with two singles.

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