By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tuesday was Hudson Roy’s night at the ballpark.
The junior left-hander scattered six hits over seven innings and helped his cause at the plate with three RBI to lead Tupelo to a 12-4 victory against South Panola in a key Division 2-6A game.
The Golden Wave (13-8, 4-3), which clinched a state playoffs berth, moved into a tie with the Tigers (12-8, 4-3) for second place in the division. South Panola owns the tiebreaker, if it comes down to that, by virtue of its two earlier wins against Tupelo.
Columbus (5-2) defeated Grenada (1-6) on Tuesday to move a game ahead in the standings. Tupelo plays Friday at Grenada, then travels to Columbus next week for its final league game. The Wave and Falcons have split this season.
“This was a big win for us because it clinched a playoff spot,” said Roy, his left shoulder wrapped in ice. “We need to win out to get the No. 1 spot.”
The regular season division winners receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. The No. 2 and No. 3 teams are involved in a play-in, best-of-three series.
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Tupelo took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Michael Hensley’s single and a ground out by William Drummond.
South Panola went ahead 4-2 in the fourth on three hits and two Tupelo errors.
The Golden Wave responded in the bottom of the fourth with five runs to go ahead 7-4. Roy, Drummond, Hensley, Michael Ray and Rob McAuley all had singles.
“We had that one bad inning,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said. “The thing about it is we bounced back to tie it and go ahead. Our guys in the bottom of the order produced. That was good to see from an offensive standpoint.”
Six of Tupelo’s 12 hits came from the bottom of its order, including two each from Rob McAuley and Hensley.
Roy had a double in Tupelo’s five-run fifth inning. On the mound, while he wasn’t overpowering, Roy got 10 South Panola batters to fly out on off-speed pitches.
“He threw strikes and allowed our defense to work,” Enis said.