Lady Eagles claim region title with win over rival

Staff Writer

After an exciting walk-off win for Eupora in the Webster County showdown against East Webster on Tuesday, it was the Lady Wolverines turn to try and hold serve on their home field Friday.

The Lady Wolverines had their opportunities to do that, but they continuously left runners on the base and made mistakes that haunted them. The veteran Lady Eagles had no issue making them pay for it.

Eupora used critical at-bats in the game and a 3-for-4 night from Alley Reed on its way to a 4-2 win which clinched Class 2A, Region 2 outright.

“It feels good to sweep East Webster, but you don’t play a game because you hate your opponent," Lady Eagle coach Amir Hunt said. "You play the game because you love your team and your community. (The players) play for each other. This one was special because we clinched outright district champs.”

It was a battle for each team both in the field and in the circle as both competed at a high level to keep the opposing offense off the scoreboard. For Eupora, it was about playing clean defense that was really the difference in the game.

Delta Claire Newman was unflappable pitching for the Lady Eagles as well as the senior scattered five hits and two runs and struck out two batters. She got Eupora out of a couple of jams in the game including the seventh inning when East Webster had two on base with just one out.

Mari-Todd Brown of the Lady Wolverines had a lineout to left field and Christiana Boren threw it in to first baseman Addison Mason who got the force out at second to end the game.

“Delta Newman stepped up and threw strikes," Hunt said. "We wanted to make them beat us. We’ve got as good a defense as you’ll see and we made plays (Friday night) when we had to.”

East Webster got a two-hit night from Whitney Winter, who had a triple in the game, but the rest of the lineup registered just two hits. Emily Nason did walk all three times she batted.

After falling behind in the game earlier in the week, the Lady Eagles made sure to hit the board first on Friday night and play with a lead. The Lady Wolverines had two runners in scoring position with just one out in the second inning when Kylie Richardson made a great play on a hard hit ball to third getting the out at the plate. Mason made another nice play on a ground ball to get an out at first and end the inning.

Eupora took advantage of East Webster not scoring a run as Patience Bingham got an RBI triple and was brought home on Reed’s double with two outs. Haley Farley reached on an error that scored another run and it was 2-0 early.

A one-out triple from Winter cut into that lead as she was scored by Jessica Davis’ RBI groundout and it was 2-1 after three innings.

In the fifth inning, the Lady Eagles pushed that lead out after the Lady Wolverines left two runners on base that reached with no outs. A leadoff triple by Reed and RBI singles from Farley and Savannah Kilpatrick made it 4-1 and the Lady Eagles made East Webster pay again.

“Defensively, we didn’t make routine plays and that gave up runs against us," Lady Wolverine coach Lee Berryhill said. "At the same time, we had opportunities, but we couldn’t get the big hit on offense. I don’t know how many times we left people on base but we had several.”

East Webster loaded the bases in the sixth and only got one run out of it then couldn’t score the two runners on base in the seventh as they dropped the game.

The Lady Eagles moved to 17-1 and a perfect 9-0 district record with a game to go on Monday against Bruce. East Webster (11-7, 7-3 Region 2) has senior night Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Vardaman.