BATESVILLE – Tupelo’s Hudson Roy enjoyed the feeling of winning a division opener.
Roy scored two runs and drove in one with a triple Tuesday to help lead the Golden Wave to a 3-1 victory against South Panola in the Division 2-6A opener for both teams.
The Tigers (6-4, 0-1) visit Tupelo (7-2, 1-0) for a rematch at 6 p.m. Friday.
“That’s the first time we’ve won (a division opener) in three years,” said Roy, who started at first base. “That was a good win for us, something we can build off of.”
Tupelo got a solid showing on the mound from right-hander Carter Clayton, who three-hit South Panola. He struck out five, walked one and hit one batter.
Second baseman Chase Cernigliaro and shortstop Walter Goss had key fielding plays while center fielder Michael Ray ran down a fly ball in the seventh.
“(Clayton) loves the competition,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “He was the key. He pitched well against a good-hitting team. I’m proud we got a victory here. This is a tough place to play.”
South Panola took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dashawn Lindsay doubled to left and scored later on a passed ball.
Tupelo tied the score at 1-1 in the third when Roy reached base on a throwing error to lead off the inning. He later scored on a rundown between first and second that involved Clayton.
In the fifth inning, leadoff batter Reed Taylor was hit by a pitch. He then went to second on a passed ball and scored on Roy’s triple down the line in right to put Tupelo up 2-1.
“Roy’s hit was the sparkplug for us in that inning,” Enis said.
Clayton made it 3-1 when his sacrifice fly to center plated Roy.