By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress TImes
After coming within one win of reaching the North State championship series, Eupora had its season come to a close last weekend with back-to-back losses.
The Eagles opened their Class 2A North State semifinal series last Thursday with a 4-3 win over East Union. But the Eagles lost 5-3 in Game 2 on Friday to force the if-necessary third game — where Eupora managed just two hits in a 9-1 loss.
Eupora finished the season with a 21-6 record, while East Union moved on to face Ingomar this week in a state semifinal series.
Pitching was outstanding on both sides throughout the Eupora-East Union series. In the opener last Thursday, the Eagles got a two-run double in the fifth inning from Brett May to help overcome a 3-1 deficit on their way to victory.
May finished with three RBIs and Donovan Turner was 3-for-4 to lead Eupora. Connor Hood and Cade Farley both had one hit and one run scored, while Al Dumas and Coley Tabb each added hits.
Tanner Knight and Claude Herard both scored once.
Knight was also spectacular on the mound, earning the win with a seven-inning, complete-game performance. He allowed only two hits and two earned runs, striking out seven in the process.
On Friday, the Eagles fell behind 5-1 at home and their rally came up short in a two-run loss.
Eupora managed just five hits in the contest, getting two from Al Dumas and a double and an RBI from Ash Dumas.
Farley singled and scored, Hood singled, Knight scored, Herard had one RBI and May scored and also drove in a run.
Farley was the tough-luck losing pitcher, giving up four hits and three earned runs in four innings of work. Tabb and May finished up on the hill.
On Saturday, Eupora managed just a pair of hits and East Union used a five-run rally in the third inning to take the win and eliminate the Eagles.
Tabb, the first of three Eupora pitchers, took the loss. May and Hood finished.
Dumas and Farley had Eupora’s only base hits, while Cade Adkins scored his team’s only run.