By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
The Eagles of Eupora High School took care of business last week by sweeping a doubleheader from Okolona by identical scores of 15-0. Those wins helped secure third place in the region for EHS and propelled the Eagles into the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs.
Eupora is set to open action in the playoffs on Thursday when the Eagles host Hollandale-Simmons at 3 p.m. EHS travels to the Mississippi Delta on Friday to take on Simmons at 4:30 p.m. If a deciding game is needed in the best-of-three series it will be played in Hollandale on Saturday at 11 a.m.
EHS head baseball coach Brad Mitchell knows his Eagles will be facing a challenge in the first-round series.
“They will be athletic and well-coached,” Mitchell said of the Blue Devils. “They have a couple pretty good players and are always dangerous. If you get up on them, you have to put them away.”
Mitchell said his Eagles got off to a shaky start against Okolona, but it didn’t take them long to get into the flow of the game.
Rusty Johnson pitched EHS to the win in the first game, while Trey Pittman tossed a four-inning perfect game in the nightcap for the Eagles. Claude Herard delivered several big hits for EHS during the doubleheader.
“Trey Pittman and Lawson Stewart have really been swinging the bats well for us,” Pittman said. “We just need to keep it up in the playoffs.”