By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
After winning three of four games last week to move to 10-7 on the season, the Eupora High School fast-pitch softball team enters this week with three important region games to play over an eight-day period.
EHS was set to host Calhoun City on Monday, before entertaining rival East Webster on Thursday. Next week the Lady Eagles have a road match-up with Calhoun City on April 14 and a non-league game at Ethel on April 17, before rounding out the regular season with an April 22 contest at Winona.
Eupora opened play last week with a solid 3-0 win over Grenada on Tuesday, before falling to East Webster 12-2 on Thursday. The Lady Eagles then traveled to Neshoba Central for a tournament on Saturday where they defeated Meridian 6-2 and Starkville 6-5.
Sidney Bailey tossed a five-hit shutout for Eupora in the circle against Grenada, while the Lady Eagles scored twice in the first and once more in the fourth to take the win.
Emily Littlejohn ripped a double and single to lead EHS at the plate, while Hannah McDowell had two singles and Delta Newman delivered a double and knocked in a pair of runs. Savannah Kilpatrick also doubled for EHS, while Kylie Richardson had a single and an RBI. Littlejohn also stole two bases for the winners.
East Webster scored four runs in the third and five in the fourth to break open the game against Eupora.
Marlee Ray had two hits for Eupora in the game, while Kaitlin Burton doubled and Khylar Cain had a single and drove in a pair of runs. McDowell also singled for the Lady Eagles.
Bailey struck out six and did not issue a walk in pitching EHS past Meridian for a 6-2 win in the Lady Eagles’ first game on Saturday.
LIttlejohn had a double and single for Eupora, while Newman slapped a pair of singles, McDowell doubled and Bailey had a single of her own. Burton was hit by a pitch three times, while four other Lady Eagles also reached base by being hit by a pitch. McDowell also stole two bases for the winners, while Ray, Burton, Newman and Richardson each drove in a run.
EHS scored a run in the bottom of the last inning to take the 6-5 win over Starkville. Eupora held a 5-2 lead, before the Lady Yellowjackets scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth to tie the game. But the Lady Eagles rallied for a run in the bottom of the inning to earn their 10th win of the season.
Littlejohn drove in a pair of runs with a double and a single to lead EHS offensively in the game, while Richardson had a pair of singles and an RBI and Newman cranked out a double. Burton had a single, was hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs for the Lady Eagles with Kilpatrick picking up a single and scoring two runs. McDowell also had an RBI for the winners.
Newman had a solid outing for Eupora, striking out four and picking up the win in the circle.