By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
The Eupora High School baseball team will be looking to build upon its 2-1 start to the season by playing five games over a seven-day span.
The Eagles are set to travel to Winona today (Thursday) to take on French Camp Academy at 4 p.m. and Water Valley at 7 p.m., before facing Houlka at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the East Webster Tournament. EHS returns to East Webster on Monday to face Vardaman at 3 p.m. before traveling to Saltillo on Wednesday, March 12 for a noon contest against Shannon.
Eupora opened the season on Saturday by splitting a pair of games in the Choctaw County Classic. The Eagles used a strong pitching performance from Rusty Johnson to take a 3-0 win over host Choctaw County, before dropping a 15-5 decision to Winona. On Tuesday EHS bounced back to roll to a 19-0 win over visiting J.Z. George.
“I am proud of where we are,” said second-year Eupora High School head baseball coach Brad Mitchell. “We have dome some really good things, but we have made some bonehead mistakes as well. There is nothing that can’t be fixed. We re just being a little impatient in some situations.
Johnson struck out five and scattered six hits in five-and-two thirds innings of work on the mound. He also had a pair of singles at the plate, as did Pittman and Lawson Stewart. Pittman, Stewart and Corson Gunn all had RBIs, while Gunn and Lane Embry added a single each.
Winona scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to break a 3-3 tie in the second game of the day, then added five more runs in the fourth to win by the run-rule.
Pittman smacked a double and drove in a pair of runs to lead Eupora at the plate, while Gunn, Claude Herard and Johnson added a single each. Embry and Joshua Rollins had an RBI each for the Eagles.
Eupora took advantage of seven J.Z. George errors and 13 walks to take the 19-0 win on Tuesday. Johnson had two singles for EHS in the game, while Will Bowen and Brady Love had one each. Pittman scored three runs for the winners, while Bowen and Love had two RBIs each.