ECRU – Senior Hudson Roy of the Tupelo Golden Wave and junior Trey Jolly of the North Pontotoc Vikings squared off in a high-quality pitching duel Friday, especially for the first week of the baseball season.
Roy got the better of the individual pitching numbers, and the Wave got the better of the Vikings in a 5-0 victory.
“Hudson made us go tonight,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “He just got better as the game went on.
“He kept them off balance, and threw a lot of first pitch strikes.”
Roy pitched a complete game against North Pontotoc, allowing only a third inning single. The Wave pitcher also struck out 12.
“I knew Jolly was going to pitch, and he’s a pretty good pitcher,” Roy said. “I had to match his performance.”
Jolly was also stingy against Tupelo batters, striking out 10 in his five-plus innings, while scattering three hits. Two of those hits came in the first inning, with Roy leading off with a base knock, and driven in by Michael Ray for a 1-0 lead.
Tupelo edged that margin to 2-0 in the third as Roy singled, eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
The Wave plated two more runs in the fifth as Reed Taylor scored on a wild pitch, and Ray had a sacrifice fly.
Matthew Miley added an RBI single in the sixth to pad the Tupelo lead.
Now in two starts, Roy has pitched 13 innings, allowing only one total hit.
“We want the team to get into a rotation of playing games,” Enis said. “The more we put this bunch of players in game-like situations, the better they’ll be.”
Tupelo is back in action today/Saturday in Pontotoc, playing Alcorn Central at 3 p.m., and Pontotoc at 5 p.m.
During spring break, Tupelo is in Oxford playing Southaven Tuesday, and Lake Cormarant Wednesday. The next home game for the Wave is Saturday when they host Oxford.