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By DANNY P. SMITH
It has been almost two weeks since the Eupora Eagles have played a baseball game.
That last time the Eagles were on the baseball field for scheduled competition was an April 18th encounter against Weir.
Despite the layoff, Eupora baseball coach Lee Berryhill expects his team to be ready to begin the second round Class 2A series against Baldwyn today. The Eagles host first at 5:30 p.m.
"I know the latter part of last week, we didn't get to practice because of the rain," Berryhill said. "We had two good days this week and had the rain so Wednesday and Thursday were iffy on practice, but these kids are the type that want to play. As far as effort and being competitive, there won't be a question. It's just a matter of who executes better at this point."
As the Class 2A, Region 4 champion, Eupora had a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Baldwyn advances after taking two out of three games from West Bolivar in the first round.
"We played them last year and judging by what they lost and we lost, it should be a pretty even matchup," Berryhill said of Baldwyn. "They'll put the ball in play and make routine plays. Right now the team that does that the best will come out on top in the playoffs."
With a record of 15-2 so far this season, Berryhill said the Eagles had been doing a good job this season of playing solid baseball.
"We've been making the big play and get the big hit when we had to so far with everybody through the lineup and everyone on defense," Berryhill said. "It seems like it's somebody different most of the time and have managed to stay strong in the middle of our lineup."
The second game of the series will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Baldwyn.