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Grenada High School’s Ethan Burke slides in safely at second base ahead of the throw as Tupelo’s Chase Cemigliaro. The Chargers rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth for a 6-5 win over the 10th-ranked Golden Wave at Grenada. Grenada returns to action today with a game at home tonight against South Panola. Staff Photo/Chuck Hathcock

 
By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Sports Editor


   The start to the Region 2-6A schedule has been a rocky one for the Grenada Chargers.
   Grenada lost its first three contests and faced Tupelo at Charger Field this past Thursday. A loss would have put GHS in a major 0-4 hole and close to playoff elimination.
   That 0-4 start seemed to be likely as GHS trailed Tupelo 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Chargers’ biggest problem in the division losses had been stranding runners in scoring position.
   Grenada had stranded seven heading into its final at bat. In an inning, the Chargers erupted with three runs to tie the game and force extra innings.
   In the eighth, GHS got a double from Jay Redditt to plate Brandon Williams from first base with the winning run in a improbable 6-5 victory over the Golden Wave.
   With the win, Grenada improves to 8-5 overall and 1-3 inside the league. Tupelo drops to 10-3 overall and 3-1 inside the league.
   Saturday, the Chargers capped the week with a 3-1 home win over Water Valley.
   “It was a big win for our guys,” Coach Jake Yarborough said. “We told them before the game that we had to treat every game like a playoff game after we start 0-3 in the region. We left some folks on in the first three innings but were able to overcome that. At the end, we had some guys step up and make some plays that helped us win the game. It was a win we desperately needed.”
   One of those guys that stepped up was Redditt. The senior centerfielder had two hits, including the game-winner off relief pitcher Luke Weeden. He also had the defensive play of the game throwing out THS centerfielder Ty Wheeler at homeplate in the seventh inning.
   “Jay had a solid game for us,” Yarborough said. “His play to throw the runner out was big in the game. He stepped to the plate with the game on the line and got the big hit.”
   Another player that had a big night was senior second baseman Will Jordan. A day after sustaining a fracture of his ring finger on his left hand, Jordan had two hits and stole base. He was also in on two double plays.
   “Will did an outstanding job playing through a dislocated finger,” Yarborough said. “He had a couple of big hits and was in on a couple of double plays.”
   Junior Brandon Williams was 1-2 with three runs scored.
   “Brandon did a really good job of getting on base and setting the table for our offense,” Yarborough said. “Ethan (Burke) and Dillon (Hill) both had two hits.”

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.


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