Eagles closing in on baseball playoff spot

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

It’s always good to get a little help from your friends, but sometimes some help from your arch-rival can be just as effective.

That is what the Eupora High School baseball team is hoping for when county rival East Webster takes on Bruce on Friday and Monday. If the EHS Eagles can sweep a doubleheader from Okolona on Thursday and East Webster can win at least one of the two games against Bruce, it will give Eupora a third-place finish and a spot in the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs.

A Eupora runner slides into second base against Louisville. Photos by Mike Robertson

A Eupora runner slides into second base against Louisville.
Photos by Mike Robertson

The Eagles pushed themselves into the playoff hunt with an 11-1 and 8-7 sweep of last week’s two-game series with Bruce.

“We hit the ball really well,” said EHS head baseball coach Brad Mitchell. “We are starting to play our best ball. That is what you need to do when it gets to this time of the year.”

After taking the solid 11-1 win behind the pitching of Corson Gunn in the first game, the Eagles used homers from Trey Pittman and Will Bowen to take the second contest.

The Eagles also lost a non-region game to Nanih Waiya 10-7 last week. Eupora goes into the doubleheader with Okolona with a 2-4 region mark.

East Webster is currently leading the region, while Calhoun City is second.