Lady Eagles close out season with 15-11 mark

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times

Fifteen hits weren’t enough for Eupora High School against Hatley in the second-round of the MHSAA Class 2A State Fast-Pitch Softball Playoffs.
Hatley recorded 23 runs and 17 hits to win the opening game of the best-of-three series 23-10 on Wednesday, then took a 10-0 win at home the following day to sweep the series. Eupora closed out the season with a 15-11 mark.

JaLisa Bell at bat.

JaLisa Bell at bat.

Hatley jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opener, only to have Eupora score five times in the bottom of the second. Hatley, however, hit for two in the fourth, six in the fifth and then closed the game out with eight in the top of the seventh.
Savannah Kilpatrick led Eupora with three hits, while Kaitlyn Burton had a pair of walks. Delta Newman pitched 5.1 innings in the contest, striking out three in the process.

Coach Kaley Harris, Coach Katie McDonald and Coach John Harris giving the team a pep talk.

Coach Kaley Harris, Coach Katie McDonald and Coach John Harris giving the team a pep talk.

The team congratulating Hannah McDowell after her grand slam home run.

The team congratulating Hannah McDowell after her grand slam home run.

Eupora only managed three hits on Thursday, while Hatley cracked out 12. Hatley scored three runs in the first, two in the second, fourth in the fourth and one in the fifth. Sydney Bailey struck out three batters in 4.1 innings of work in the circle.
Hatley advances to the MHSA North State 2A Playoff Series against East Webster beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday in Hatley.

EHS Fastpitch Softball Seniors Recognized  Pictured are Jason and Amanda Burton with their daughter senior Kaitlin Burton, Deborah Bell with her daughter senior JaLisa Bell and Coach Kaley Harris. Not pictured was Jarvis Bell.

EHS Fastpitch Softball Seniors Recognized

Pictured are Jason and Amanda Burton with their daughter senior Kaitlin Burton, Deborah Bell with her daughter senior JaLisa Bell and Coach Kaley Harris. Not pictured was Jarvis Bell.