Eagles float past Urchins in game one

Jacob Raines rounds third and heads for home after his leadoff homer in the fourth inning. Photos by Dennis Clayton.


ELLISTOWN – Eupora overcame cold, soggy weather conditions to take game one of the 2A series with East Union of Thursday. Eupora used a three-run fifth to overcome a 3-1 Urchin lead to win 4-3.
Eupora used two hits, two walks and an error to gain the advantage after the Urchins had led the contest through the first four innings of play.
Joel Wilkinson gave East Union the early lead, drawing a walk then stealing second. Wilkinson came home on an error at short off the bat of Ty McDonald to give the Urchins the 1-0 lead after an inning.
The Urchins added a run in the second as Ethan Hitt walked and later scored on Zane Wilkinson’s double to extend the Urchin lead to 2-0 after two.

Ethan Hitt rounds third and later scores on Zane Wilkinson’s RBI double.


Eupora scored a run in the third inning off a bases-loaded walk to cut the East Union advantage to 2-1.
Jacob Raines drilled a leadoff home run over the fence in left to raise the Urchin lead back to two runs at 3-1.
Joel went the distance on the mound for the Urchins, allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks while striking out eight.
Raines and Zane had the only extra-base hits and RBI for the Urchins with the home run and double.

Zane Wilkinson watches his double to left that would drive in Ethan Hits for the second East Union run against Eupora.

East Union’s Sheffield is Division 1-2A Slowpitch Player of the Year

Rebecca Sheffield of East Union was named the Division 1-2A Player of the Year in slowpitch softball.

Rebecca Sheffield of East Union was named the Division 1-2A Player of the Year in slowpitch softball.

Player of the Year Division 1-2A
*Rebecca Sheffield
*CO-MVP McKinley Montgomery
First Team All-Division
East Union
1- Sallie Pannell
2- Kaitie Boatner
3- Tianna Castillo
4- Raelee Bell
Mantachie
1- Holly Maxcy
2- Anna Wagster
3- Emilee Clouse
Baldwyn
1- Jeni Kate Scott
2- Hannah Durham
3- Emily Jenkins
Okolona Honorable Mention
1- Chanda Owens
Second Team All Division
East Union
1- Claudia Hill
2- Hannah White
3- Callie Frazier
4- Kallie Roberts
Mantachie
1- Lynsey Barber
2- Kennedy Jones
Baldwyn
1- Kala King
2- Katie Stevens
3- Corley Hogue

Lady Urchins drop Mooreville from unbeaten ranks

Sallie Pannell hit three home runs including a grand slam against Mooreville. File photo.

Sallie Pannell hit three home runs including a grand slam against Mooreville. File photo.

BY DENNIS CLAYTON
East Union got a bit of redemption on Saturday as the Lady Unchins defeated Mooreville 21-10, handing the Lady Troopers their only defeat of the season. Mooreville had beaten the Lady Urchins 19-9 earlier in the week at East Union.
Sallie Pannell put the Lady Urchins in the lead with her grand slam homer in the first inning. Mooreville came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to close to 4-3.
The Lady Urchins added two runs in the second inning as Jaley White and Raelee Bell hit RBI doubles to up the lead to 6-3. Mooreville added a run in their at-bat to make the score 6-4.
East Union expanded their lead to 11-4 in the third as Pannell hit her second homer of the day and Kallie Roberts hit her first home run of the season.
The Lady Urchins tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning off Tianna Castillo’s two-run homer and Kaitie Boatner’s RBI sacrifice fly to expand the lead to 14-4. Mooreville scored one run in the bottom of the inning and East Union led 14-5 after four.
The Lady Urchins went to the long ball again in their half of the fifth as Rebecca Sheffield, Callie Frazier and Pannell homered. Pannell’s shot gave her three home runs on the day. Hannah White also hit a two-RBI double to give East Union a commanding 21-5 lead.
Mooreville came back with five runs in their half of the fifth, but East Union took the game in five innings by a 21-10 margin.
East Union had seven home runs on the day led by Pannell’s three while Roberts, Castillo, Sheffield and Frazier had one homer apiece.

East Union 21, Mooreville 10
East Union 425 37 – 21 19 0

Mooreville  310 15 – 10 14 4

   WP: Sallie Pannell. LP: McDonald.   Multiple hits: (EU) Pannell 3, Raelee Bell, Rebecca Sheffield, Tianna Castillo, Callie Frazier, Claudia Hill, Kaitie Boatner, Hannah White; (M) M. Edmonds 3, Cryder, Long, Filgo, Walton. 2B: (EU) Hill, White; (M) Sullivan. HR: (EU) Pannell 3, Sheffield, Castillo, Frazier, Kallie Roberts; (M) Cryder 2, Long 2, Edmonds, McDonald.

Sheffield and Castillo spell double trouble for Baldwyn

Rebecca Sheffield hits a two-run homer in the first. Photo by Dennis Clayton

Rebecca Sheffield hits a two-run homer in the first. Photo by Dennis Clayton


Tianna Castillo follows with a solo homer to left. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Tianna Castillo follows with a solo homer to left. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
BALDWYN – Baldwyn got a heavy dose of Rebecca Sheffield and Tianna Castillo on Tuesday as the duo were a force at the plate and in the field as the East Union Lady Urchins defeated the Lady Bearcats 12-2 in five innings of Division 1-2A softball.
The pair went back-to-back with home runs to jump start the Lady Urchins first inning. Raelee Bell led off with a single and Sheffield followed with a two-run shot over the fence in right. Castillo was the next batter up and hit a solo homer to left to put East Union up 3-0. The Lady Urchins batted around, scoring six runs and Baldwyn never recovered. Kaitie Boatner, Sallie Pannell and Hannah White drove in the remaining three runs of the inning for East Union.
East Union score three more runs in the second off Callie Frazier’s RBI single and Kallie Roberts’ two-RBI single.
Sheffield struck again in the East Union third as she ripped a two-RBI double to extend the Lady Urchin lead to 11-0.
Baldwyn scored their two runs off two solo homers that came in the third and fourth innings.
Castillo fittingly drove in the game’s final run on her RBI single in the fifth.
Sheffield made two back-handed stabs of hard-hit Baldwyn grounders and threw out both batters in the second and third innings and Castillo made a diving catch of a sinking liner in the fifth as the pair used their defensive skills to frustrate the Lady Bearcats.
Sheffield went 3-4 with a home run, double and single with four RBIs and two runs scored. Castillo went 3-4 with a home run, two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Bell also went 3-4 with three singles and three runs scored. Frazier, Roberts and White had two hits apiece.
Pannell was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks.
East Union is now 2-0 in division.

Lady Urchins go long to sweep twin bill

Sallie Pannell hit a two-run homer and was the winning pitcher for both games. Pannell did not issue any walks in either game. File photo.

Sallie Pannell hit a two-run homer and was the winning pitcher for both games. Pannell did not issue any walks in either game. File photo.


East Union went long on doubleheader opponents Walnut and Wheeler as they hit six home runs, taking the sweep on Monday as they downed Walnut 11-1 in five innings and dropped Wheeler 17-1 in four frames.
The Lady Urchins had 13 hits in the first game of the day against former division foe Walnut, including home runs by Claudia Hill and Rebecca Sheffield.
Hill drove in three runs in the third with her home run. Sheffield led off the fourth with her solo shot.
Sheffield was perfect at the plate, going 4-4 with a homer, two singles and a walk-off double. Sheffield also had three RBIs.
Callie Frazier was also perfect in her three plate appearances with three singles and RBI.
Hill was the other top RBI producer for the day with three.
In the second game, East Union pounded out 16 hits in four innings to drop the Lady Eagles.
Raelee Bell hit two homers to lead the Lady Urchins against Wheeler, with a three-run and solo shot. Sallie Pannell and Tianna Castillo each had two-run homers.
The Lady Urchins used a 10-run second inning to break open a close 3-1 advantage.
Bell went 4-4 with six RBIs to go along with her two homers. She also scored two runs. Castillo, Frazier, Pannell and Kaitie Boatner had two RBIs apiece.
Pannell was the winning pitcher in both games, allowing only two runs and issuing no walks in the contests.
East Union improves to 13-1 on the season and will travel to Okolona for a Division 1-2A game on Thursday.

Mustangs gallop past Urchins

Dallas Wooten breaks into the Strayhorn secondary on this 18-yard run in the first quarter. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Dallas Wooten breaks into the Strayhorn secondary on this 18-yard run in the first quarter. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – Strayhorn just had too many horses for the East Union Urchins on Friday as they won the contest by a final of 28-7. The Mustangs picked up scores from four different players in their balanced offensive attack.
Strayhorn scored their first touchdown on Ryan Ross’ 34-yard pass to Chrishun Nurse with 2:07 left in the first quarter. Pedro Rubio added the PAT to make the score 7-0.
The Mustangs scored again early in the second quarter with 11:49 remaining as A.J. Bland caught a Ross pass for the 53-yard score. The kick failed and Strayhorn led 13-0.
Strayhorn struck again, needing only one play to post the touchdown as B-Paris Parks burst through the middle and outran the Urchin secondary for a 78-yard touchdown with 2:39 left in the half. Cardravious Crump caught a Ross pass for the two-point conversion and the teams went to the half with Strayhorn leading 21-0.
The Mustangs got their final score off the opening kickoff of the second half as Cameron Crump raced 72 yards for the touchdown with 11:49 left. Rubio added the PAT and Strayhorn held a 28-0 lead.
East Union finally got on the scoreboard with 2:26 left in the game as Cade Bell hit Zach Penney with a 34-yard touchdown pass. Jared Cunningham’s kick was good for the 28-7 score and final.
Dallas Wooten led the Urchins on the ground with 57 yards, Craig Hutchens had 39 yards and Chase Hall totaled 34 yards.
Hutchens was injured with six seconds remaining in the first quarter, but later reports came back from the hospital that all tests were clear and he was released. East Union was also without leading rusher Joel Wilkinson, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
East Union falls to 2-2 on the season and will face Alcorn Central for next Friday’s Homecoming game.

Craig Hutchens races into the Strayhorn secondary on this 23-yard gain in the first quarter. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Craig Hutchens races into the Strayhorn secondary on this 23-yard gain in the first quarter. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Urchins hold off late surge by Thrasher

Joel Wilkinson breaks free of the Thrasher defender and gains 15 yards. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Joel Wilkinson breaks free of the Thrasher defender and gains 15 yards. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – East Union knew Thrasher would attempt a second half comeback on Friday, but the Urchins were able to stave off the Rebels and knock them from the unbeaten ranks with a 34-20 win.
East Union opened the game with a 61-yard drive to score the game’s initial points with Joel Wilkinson diving in from the one-yard line with 5:06 left in the quarter. Jared Cunningham was good on the extra point to put the Urchins up 7-0.
East Union threatened again late in the quarter but a fumbled snap ended the drive at the Thrasher 11 and the Urchins still held the lead at the period’s end.
East Union scored again in the second quarter at the 7:05 mark as Craig Hutchens ran the final five yards of a 74-yard drive to extend the lead and Cunningham added the PAT. East Union went to the half leading 14-0.
Thrasher took the opening kickoff of the second half and ran almost nine minutes off the clock before scoring on Shawn Weatherbee’s eight-yard run. Weatherbee scored on the run for two and narrowed the lead to 14-8.
The fourth quarter saw more scoring than the three previous combined as five touchdowns were scored in just under 11 minutes.
Thrasher posted the first score to tie the game 14-14 on Laderius Andrews’ 82 yard scamper up the Rebel sideline following an Urchin fumble at the goal line into the Rebel endzone. The run attempt failed with 10:45 left in the game.
The Urchins answered with a four play drive, capped by quarterback Cade Bell’s 41-yard run for the touchdown. Cunningham’s kick made the score 21-14.
East Union scored again with 4:05 remaining on Wilkinson’s six-yard run and the Cunningham PAT raised the Urchin advantage to 28-14.
Thrasher went to their bag of tricks to score one last touchdown. On a first and 10 at the Urchin 42, the Rebels went to the option pass from running back Weatherbee to a streaking Andrews to pull within 28-20 with 1:55 remaining. The run attempt for two failed and the Urchins recovered the onside kick attempt that ensued.
East Union drove 51 yards and scored the game’s final touchdown as time expired on Chase Hall’s one-yard plunge to take the win 34-20.
Wilkinson had another big night rushing, gaining 166 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Hutchens added 90 yards and one touchdown. Hutchens also had four receptions for 32 yards. Josh Basil had two catches for 13 yards.
Bell was six of nine passing for 45 yards and rushed for 62 yards. East Union again rushed for over 300 yards, finishing the night with 318 yards on the ground.
East Union improved to 2-1 and will host Strayhorn next Friday.