PEARL – Eupora baseball coach Brad Mitchell has at least one more game as head coach of the Eagles, Game 2 of the Class 2A state championship series against Taylorsville at 10 a.m. today.
Then, he’s moving on. But not due to his own decision.
Mitchell is about to become a victim of budget cuts. The assumption is that someone already on staff will be the head coach.
He was informed on April 10, the day of a meaningful division home game against Bruce.
“Right before we’re playing Bruce to kind of decide if we’re going to be in the playoffs or not, probably the biggest game of the year, and they tell me that morning,” Mitchell said.
From his understanding, the principal was told how many positions needed to be eliminated and he is one of them because he was the last one hired.
His team responded by going on a tear. The Eagles aren’t supposed to be here this week. But they’ve won 11 of 13 games since Mitchell’s dismissal was announced, including playoff series wins against favorites Baldwyn and East Webster.
“We’ve gone from barely getting in the playoffs to playing for a state championship,” Mitchell said. “So that speaks volumes about how they feel about it.”
Taylorsville won Wednesday’s Game 1, 10-6.
Blake Comer, a sophomore, was going to start Game 3 for Smithville if its 1A series against Natchez Cathedral made it to Saturday.
There will be no Saturday start for Comer and he’s fine with that. He pitched two innings of strong relief Thursday in the Seminoles’ 6-2 state title-clinching win in Game 2.
“It’s a great feeling to know that coach (Steve Kerr) had confidence in me,” said Comer, who gave up two hits and closed the door on the Green Wave for the save. “There was a lot of pressure, but I wanted my seniors to go out with a state championship.”