By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress Times
Eupora’s baseball team enjoyed a little bit of everything last week.
The Eagles had a 16-run inning and a run-rule victory. They won a pitcher’s duel and a shootout. And when the dust settled, they’d earned four straight victories to run their record to 5-1 on the year.
Eupora started the week with a Tuesday contest against Winston Academy that was rained out. On Thursday, they captured 20-1 and 1-0 victories over Columbus and Heritage Academy.
Friday, Eupora rallied for a 9-8 win over Oak Hill; and on Saturday the Eagles whipped Noxapater 10-3.
This week, Eupora was scheduled to host Nanih Waiya on Tuesday and then take on Columbus again on Thursday. Friday, they’ll entertain Oak Hill Academy.
Next week, the Eagles are slated to take on both Pelahatchie and Noxapater at Noxapater on Tuesday (March 14) before hosting West Point on Thursday (March 16).
In their first inning of competition last week, Eupora erupted for 16 runs on its way to 19-run win over Columbus. Tanner Knight was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Eagles’ offensive attack.
Al Dumas added a single and double, two runs and three RBIs; Claude Herard doubled, scored three times and drove in three runs; Connor Hood singled and scored three times; Brett May singled, scored twice and drove in two runs; Ian Garrard singled, scored and drove in a run; Donovan Turner scored three times and drove in two runs while singling; Coley Tabb had two runs and two RBIs; and Ash Dumas scored twice.
Tabb was the winning pitcher, combining with Garrett Crimm on a no-hitter with three strikeouts for the Eagles.
The same night, Eupora won a crazy, 1-0 decision over Heritage Academy despite being no-hit.
Tanner Knight got the pitching victory by scattering five hits over five innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.
The Eagles’ run came in the third inning, when Al Dumas reached on a one-out walk. He stole second, took third on an error and came home to score on a throw to first base following a dropped third strike.
Friday, Eupora scored four times for a comeback, 9-8 win over Oak Hill – thanks to a three-run, pinch-hit triple by Devean Turner.
Donovan Turner added a single, two runs and an RBI and Herard had two hits and two runs scored. Knight singled and drove in two runs; Hood, May and Ian Garrard all singled and scored; and Al Dumas scored twice.
Cade Farley and Brett May combined on the mound to limit Oak Hill to four earned runs while striking out six.
On Saturday, the Eagles scored in five of their six at-bats to pound out a 10-3 win over Noxapater.
Herard had a huge day, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, five RBIs and two runs scored while Knight was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI.
Hood was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI; May and Devean Turner both had a hit and an RBI; and Garrard singled and scored.
Tabb went the distance on the mound to earn the win, limiting the Tigers to one earned run on six hits and three strikeouts in seven innings.