By Gene Phelps
TUPELO – Tupelo pitcher Hudson Roy survived one bad inning. Golden Wave pinch-hitter Walter Goss provided the one crucial hit.
That one-to-one Friday night combination helped Tupelo defeat visiting South Panola 4-3 in a Division 2-6A high school baseball game at Golden Wave Field.
Tupelo, which beat South Panola 3-1 Tuesday in Batesville, improved to 8-2 overall and to 2-0 in division play.
“I felt like I pitched a good game,” said Roy (4-0), a senior left-hander, who had 11 strikeouts and walked one. “I made a costly mistake with the bases loaded (in the fourth inning).”
South Panola (6-5, 0-2) reached Roy for four of its eight hits in the fourth inning. The “costly” hit was a three-run triple to deep center field by No. 8 batter Rip Kirk.
Roy struck out five Tigers in the final three innings, including three in the seventh, to seal the win.
“Hudson kept us in the game,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “He had 11 strikeouts. What can you say? That was an excellent performance.”
Tupelo had taken a 3-0 lead in the third when it scored two runs off back-to-back throwing errors by the Tigers and a sacrifice fly by Carter Clayton.
The Golden Wave loaded the bases against South Panola starter, right-hander Hunter Ivy, in the sixth on a single by Chase Cernigliaro, a walk by Luke Weeden and a fielder’s choice by Matthew Miley.
Goss, batting in the No. 9 spot for Reed Taylor, ripped a deep shot to shortstop that he beat out for an infield single. Cernigliaro scored the go-ahead run on the play.
“I was just looking to get a run in any way I could,” Goss said. “Their shortstop made a great play, but I was able to beat it out.”
South Panola’s Ivy recorded nine strikeouts in a three-hitter.