Walks set up South Pontotoc softball win over Eupora

Amir Hunt

Staff Writer

Giving away free bases is a sure-fire way to lose a game and the Eupora Lady Eagles saw a win slip out of their hands quickly on Tuesday.

With a program prominent at the plate like South Pontotoc, that was something that Eupora coach Amir Hunt said most definitely couldn’t happen, and it made the Lady Eagles pay. A barrage of walks were followed up by big hits as South Pontotoc erased a 3-0 deficit and blew past Eupora 13-7 for the win.

“You have to really hit the ball well to defend the eight walks that you’re giving up and right now we don’t hit the ball very well,” Hunt said. “We’ve just got to throw strikes and hit the ball more consistent through the lineup.”

The Lady Eagles had seven runs and 11 hits, which would normally be a good day at the park, but the hits didn’t come at timely moments for them early in the game. Hunt mentioned specifically in the first inning when Alley Reed began things with a leadoff double and wasn’t moved from there.

Reed led the way with a 3-for-4 day and an RBI, Haley Farley and Kylie Richardson had two hits and an RBI each and Maleah Pogue finished with two RBI in a 1-for-3 day.

The home team got out on top in the third inning when it manufactured four-straight hits and drove in runs from Haley McCrory and Farley for a 2-0 lead. Pogue hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in another and they had a 3-0 advantage.

As Eupora held South Pontotoc in check for the first four innings, the floodgates finally broke through. The Cougars saw a walk bring in a run with the bases loaded and a single and groundout tied the game at 3-3. In the sixth, two more bases loaded walks gave them the lead and they ultimately scored four to go on top 7-3.

South Pontotoc put the game away with a six-run seventh inning as it started to barrel up the ball and drive runs around the bases. Eupora was able to put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to close that final margin, but the damage had been done.

While the way the Lady Eagles lost wasn’t to Hunt’s liking, he believes playing another good team this season will do wonders for his team down the stretch. Eupora has already played  Amory, East Webster and South Pontotoc with more tough games on the way.

“We boosted our schedule a little bit this year," Hunt said. "South Pontotoc is one of the top teams in North Class 3A, Grenada is good, Houston is good and we’re playing all of those teams. It will pay off, all you have to do is make sure you keep your head up through these games.”

Next up on the docket is Grenada as Eupora will host them on Thursday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.