East Webster sweeps Pisgah in baseball

By Chuck Bailey

If high school baseball can have sweeps, East Webster surely completed one this past week as The Diamond Wolverines hosted the Pisgah Dragons here in Cumberland Monday night and defeated them soundly 13-3 before traveling the 100 mile bus ride to Pisgah on Friday to beat them again 9-0. The road trip didn’t seem to bother the Wolverines who now have Pisgah in their district. Pisgah is a community about 20 miles north of Jackson off Highway 25 in Rankin County. “There are just not enough 2A schools in the southern part of the state” explained Pisgah coach Michael Grandberry. “We along with St. Joseph and Leake County are faced with playing teams from the Northern part of the State.” “Pretty good teams at that.” Ackerman defeated Pisgah 7-3 the previous week. “The good part about it is you get to have a feel for how the Northern part of the state is playing before the playoffs.” District 2A Region 5 is compromised of the local schools Eupora, Ackerman and East Webster but also in the mix is St. Joseph, a private catholic school out of Madison; Leake County near Carthage and Pisgah. East Webster didn’t waste any time getting up on the Dragons Monday night. Scoring eight runs in the first two innings. Ty Hendrix continued his dominance as a pitcher for the Wolverines and only needed those same two innings to go to 4-0 on the season. Hendrix struck out four Pisgah batters and gave up no runs in his short presence on the mound. Pisgah scored a run in the top of the 3rd, but East Webster countered and scored two more. Pisgah scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but the 10 run rule went into effect in the bottom of the inning as East Webster senior third baseman Dillon Henley hit a three-run homer to put this one away 13-3. “We physically played really well, but we had some mental mistakes.” said East Webster Wolverine Head Baseball Coach Wes Johnson. He was in the outfield running his team after the game. “We run for mental mistakes, no matter what the score is.” The extra mental work seemed to pay off for the Diamond Wolverines as the Friday contest went no better for the Dragons who hosted the Wolverines, this time 9-0. Conner Burton was the winning pitcher in this one. Burton pitched five innings, striking out seven Pisgah Dragon batters. He only gave up 5 hits and walked two. East Webster’s Ty Hendrix had four hits one for a double and 4 RBI’s. Codie Silver followed with two hits and two RBI’s. Pisgah fell to 6-7 on the campaign; 0-3 in district play. “I pitch a lot of ninth graders.” said Pisgah Coach Grandberry. “There velocity is just not quite there at this age, pitching to 18 year olds, but give these guys a year or two and they’ll be there” East Webster Improved to 9-5 and are unblemished in district play at 3-0.