By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress TImes
Eupora headed into this week’s important week of slow-pitch softball action riding a 14-game winning streak, knowing they would face a couple challenges as they try to improve on their mark.
EHS was set to host Grenada on Tuesday, the team that defeated the Lady Eagles 6-3 in the first game of the season. Eupora has twice avenged that loss, defeating the Lady Chargers 12-1 on Aug. 23 and 3-1 on Sept. 9.
Thursday has the Lady Eagles hosting county-rival East Webster on Thursday in a crucial region contest. Eupora will follow that up with a doubleheader at Kosciusko on Monday, before visiting East Webster on Thursday, Oct. 2.
Eupora posted wins over New Hope (7-5) Calhoun City (14-2), Houston (6-3), and South Pontotoc (9-5) last week to move to 14-1 on the year.
Eupora trailed New Hope 5-3 after two innings of play, but scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to take the win. Savannah Kilpatrick and Courtney Hatcher ripped three singles apiece to lead EHS’ 16-hit attack in the game, while Emily Littlejohn and Khylar Cain stroked a double and a single each.
Marlee Ray added two singles for the winners, with Hannah McDowell, Brittany Cooper, Haley Farley, and Kylie Richardson had a single apiece.
Eupora piled up 20 hits in the win over Calhoun City, sparked by Delta Newman’s two homers and a single. Hatcher and Cooper belted a homer and two singles each for the winners, while McDowell popped a pair of doubles and Farley and Richardson had a double and single each. Ray had two singles for EHS, while Cain, Kilpatrick, and Littlejohn had a single each.
Richardson, Cooper and Hatcher had three RBIs each for the winners, while Newman scored three runs and Hatcher picked up the win, allowing just two earned runs and striking out a pair.
Three two-run innings is what Eupora used to take the 6-3 win over Houston. Farley and Littlejohn smacked a double and single each for the winners, while Cooper had two singles and Kilpatrick, Newman, Ray, Cain, and Richardson had a hit each. Richardson and McDowell knocked in a pair of runs each for EHS.
Eupora scored a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to break open a tight game in the 9-5 win over South Pontotoc. Newman unleashed a home and two singles and drove in five runs to lead Eupora’s blistering 18-hit attack.
Hatcher added a double and three singles for the winners, while scoring three runs. McDowell had three hits for EHS, with Littlejohn and Cooper picking up two each and Farley popping a double. Picking up singles were Kilpatrick, Ray, and Cain.