Eupora still in thick of state playoff hunt

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times

To say Eupora’s next two baseball games are big ones would be just a
little too obvious.

After splitting a pair of district games earlier this week, the
Eagles of EHS head to Madison St. Joseph in desperate need of a win.
A victory over the bruins would push the attention to Monday’s home
game against rival East Webster.

At this point Ackerman has one district loss, while Madison St. Joe
has two and East Webster and Eupora three each. The top two teams
advance to the playoffs.

The Eagles stayed in the hunt with a dramatic 7-6 home win over
Pisgah on Monday, before dropping a 6-3 home game to Madison St. Joe
on Tuesday.

“Everybody is still in the hunt,” said EHS head coach Brad Mitchell.
“It’s coming down to the end. We have some young kids, but they are
learning. We have just got to put it together for these last two games.”

Eupora trailed PIsgah 6-4 going into the bottom of the fifth, but
scored two runs to tie the game, then picked up the winning run in
the bottom of the seventh.

Justin Newton put down a key sacrifice bunt in the last inning, that
set up Lawson Stewart for the game-winning hit.

The St. Joseph game was 3-2 in favor of the Bruins after three
innings, but the winners scored once in the fifth and twice in the
seventh to stretch out their lead.

Lady Eagles set to host Hamilton Thursday
By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
The Eupora High School fast-pitch softball team is hoping to ride the
momentum of a big win over rival Ackerman on Monday to help them as
they close out the season.

The Lady Eagles are set to host Hamilton at 5 p.m. on Thursday,
before visiting East Webster on Monday and then hosting Starkville on
Thursday, April 18.

“We really looked good defensively,” Harris said of her team’s 11-1
win over Ackerman. “Everyone played a great game.”

Hai-Leigh Hodges drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and a
single to lead the EHS attack against the Lady Indians, while Hannan
McDowell crunched a homer and a single and Jalisa Bell ripped a
single and a double. Kendall Gibson and Marley Ray had hits each for
the winners, while Sarah Grace Wade, Kaitlin Burton and Claire
Henderson had a single each.

The Lady Eagles dropped a 15-4 decision to East Webster last week.