By Gene Phelps
It didn’t take long for Tupelo baseball coach Gary Enis to figure out the pitching rotation for his club’s twice-a-week Division 2-6A games.
Carter Clayton (2-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the nod Tuesdays, including today’s 6 p.m. home game against Grenada.
Clayton, a right-hander, captured the series opener against South Panola earlier last week when he fired a three-hitter in a 3-1 road victory. He had five strikeouts, walked one batter and hit one.
Hudson Roy (4-0, 1.07 ERA) will be the Friday starter when the Golden Wave visits Grenada for a rematch.
Roy, a left-hander, recorded 11 strikeouts, scattered eight hits and walked one in the Golden Wave’s 4-3 win last week against South Panola.
Both are seniors.
“They’re our Tuesday, Friday guys for now,” Enis said. “Both have had command of their pitches, but there’s still room for improvement.
“Both of them pitched a lot of innings last year. That experience has been a factor for both this season.”
‘Good so far’
Roy has been pleased with his start.
“It’s been good so far,” he said. “The defense always plays well behind me. I’ve got to remained focused and get the division wins. They’re important.”
Enis wasn’t forced to go to his bullpen in either division game as both starters went the distance. The two have combined for 52 strikeouts – Roy 34, Clayton 18 – in 491⁄3 innings.
Roy had one bad inning against South Panola, the fourth. He gave up four hits, including a three-run triple by Rip Kirk.
“He missed his location on an 0-2 pitch,” Enis said. “Their guy capitalized and got the big hit for them.”
Roy and Clayton, who bat 1-2 in the lineup, have also provided offensive support. Roy had an RBI triple at South Panola while Clayton plated a run with a sacrifice fly.
In the game at Tupelo, Clayton plated Roy with a sac fly for the team’s first run.