By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
After losing two key district games last week, the Eupora Eagles rose
up at crunch time to take a 6-3 win over East Webster on Monday and
earn the third spot in the district.
Finishing third qualifies the Eagles for the play-in round of the
MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Tournament, which will begin next week.
Rusty Johnson pitched the Eagles to the win on Monday, while Justin
Newton delivered a two-run double in a key situation and Lawson
Stewart continues to hit the ball well for EHS.
“Rusty Johnson is a sophomore, but he pitched every bit like a
senior,” said EHS head coach Brad Mitchell. “We got him a lead and
that little fellow was lights out. When he gets on the mound the kids
feel like we have a chance to win.”
East Webster jumped out to a quick lead on EHS in the game, before
the Eagles fought back to tie it at 3-3. Eupora then hit for three
big runs in the bottom of the fifth to give Johnson the cushion he
Ackerman and Madison St. Joseph are fighting for the top two spots in
the division, with the the No. 1 team getting a first-round bye.
Eupora dropped a 6-3 home decision to St. Joe on April 9, then took a
4-1 lead over the Bruins on Friday, before falling 6-4.
“Those were two tough losses,” Mitchell said. “We felt like we were
in the ball game, but we just couldn’t get it done.”
The Eagles will close out the regular season this weekend with a pair
of games against Bruce.
EHS will host the Trojans at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for ‘Senior Night’,
before visiting Bruce on Saturday for a 1 p.m. varsity contest.
“That will kind of give us a little feel of what’s it like playing in
the playoffs, with back-to-back games,” Mitchell said.
The playoffs will begin next week for Eupora.