By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress Times
One inning that got away from Eupora cost the Eagles a game last weekend, but solid pitching helped them earn a split in the season-opening Choctaw County Classic.
Eupora knocked off host Choctaw County 2-1 on Saturday, but dropped a 9-3 decision to West Point Friday in its first action of the 2017 baseball season.
The 1-1 Eagles were slated to entertain Winston Academy on Tuesday this week, then go to Oak Hill Academy on Friday and host Noxapater on Saturday.
Next week, Eupora is slated to host Nanih Waiya on Tuesday (March 7), go to Columbus on Thursday (March 9) and host Oak Hill on Friday (March 10).
In the victory over Choctaw County last Saturday, senior Cade Farley tossed a complete-game, one-hitter to earn the win for Eupora.
Farley allowed just one unearned run in the seventh inning, walking only one and striking out five to improve to 1-0.
Eupora, meanwhile, got a single run in the first inning and another in the sixth and finished with five base hits.
Al Dumas led the way by going 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Tanner Knight, Coley Tabb and Connor Hood all had hits for the Eagles, who also took advantage of six walks. Knight also had a stolen base.
Against West Point, the Eagles got single runs in the first and third frames and led 2-1 until the fifth when the Class 5A Green Wave tied it. In the top of the seventh, West Point rallied for seven runs to take control.
Dumas again was big offensively, as he had a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored while Claude Herard collected two singles. Tanner Knight reached three times and finished with a single, a run and an RBI and Hood also had a hit.
Knight was the tough-luck loser on the mound after giving up just two earned runs and four hits in six-plus innings of work. He walked four but struck out six before giving way to Tabb and Brett May.