By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress Times
Eupora’s baseball team continued its impressive start to the 2017 season, rebounding from a tough loss early last week to pick up another pair of victories.
The Eagles lost a 5-4 heartbreaker to Nanih Waiya last Monday. But they turned around and drilled Winona Christian 17-4 on Thursday before taking an exciting 9-7 win in eight innings over Oak Hill Academy on Friday.
That 2-1 showing last week improved the Eagles to 7-2 on the season. They were to take on Noxapater and Pelahatchie both at Noxapater on Tuesday this week, then entertain West Point on Thursday.
Next week, Eupora is scheduled to open division play with a pair of contests against Calhoun City. The Eagles host Calhoun City on Tuesday (March 21) and then visit Calhoun City on Friday (March 24).
Last Monday, the Eagles fell to Nanih Waiya when the Warriors scratched out a single run in the top of the seventh to take the back-and-forth affair.
Eupora lost despite a solid effort on the mound from Tanner Knight and Brett May, who combined to strike out seven and give up just one earned run.
Offensively, Al Dumas was 2-for-3 with a run and Claude Herard doubled, scored and drove in a run. Devean Turner doubled and drove in a run; Cade Farley and Connor Hood both singled; and May also scored.
Thursday, the Eagles found themselves in another tug-of-war with Winona Christian. The Stars led 4-1 after three innings and 4-3 after four. But in the top of the fourth, Eupora erupted for nine runs to take control — then scored five more in the top of the seventh.
Eupora pounded out 14 base hits in the contest, getting a crazy 5-for-6 performance from Dumas that included a home run, a double, eight RBIs and three runs. Herard also went off, going 3-for-5 with a homer, four runs and two RBIs.
Coley Tabb was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI; Garrard doubled and drove in a run; Knight singled and scored; Hood had a single, a run and an RBI; May scored three runs; Turner scored once; and Farley had a run and an RBI.
May went all seven innings on the mound to get the win, striking out 12. He allowed four hits and just two earned runs.
Friday against Oak Hill, Eupora scored four times in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 5-5 tie and then held on for the win.
Knight struck out 10 in four innings to get the pitching win, giving up no earned runs. Tabb threw the other four innings.
Dumas was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and Tabb was 3-for-5 with a double, a run and two RBIs to lead the charge offensively. Farley was 2-for-4 with a run; May doubled and scored; Herard had a single, double, a run and an RBI; Knight had a pair of hits and scored once; Garrard singled and scored; and Hood had a pair of RBIs.