Lady Wolverines recall tornado, advance to semifinals

By Chuck Bailey

CUMBERLAND — On April 27, 2011, a year ago to the date, an EF3 tornado struck this area at 2:40 in the morning. Needless to say the East Webster High School campus was destroyed. A year later on April 26 before the games being played on adjacent fields East Webster High School was proud to host the first game of round two of the 2A state high school fastpitch softball and baseball championships. The crowd remembered in prayer that morning a year ago and Webster County Schools Superintendent Jack Treloar, before the first pitch of the softball game against the Strayhorn Lady Mustangs, gave a progress report of the improvements that have been made to the EWHS campus. “We have now finished demolition and are going to begin receiving bids next week (May 1) for the new high school to be built here,” said Treloar. “It will take up to a year to build the school. We are expecting to begin the 2014 school year back here in Cumberland.” East Webster is currently using the Wood Junior College campus as its school. However, all sports have returned to the East Webster campus with the exception of basketball. A new gym will be built along with the school. Both East Webster teams responded to the news very well. The Lady Wolverines took the lead over the Strayhorn Lady Mustangs and never gave it up. Neither team scored in the first. East Webster got 3 runs in the second. Bailey Williams led off with a single. Celia Pate got a single and advanced to second when the throw to first was overthrown and Williams made it to third. Mikala White then hit a double on an 0-2 pitch that scored two RBI’s. Kendall Wilkinson then tripled to RBI White. Strayhorn got out of the inning down 3-0. Strayhorn could not score in the third. East Webster added three more in the bottom of the third. Autumn Frost led with a line drive up the middle for a single and then stole second. Williams was walked and they both advanced a base when a wild pitch was thrown to Jenna Pate. Then Pate doubled and RBIed Frost. White hit a single to RBI Williams, and Wilkinson hit a shot to left field that RBIed Pate. Chloe Robertson singled and loaded the bases for East Webster, but the Lady Mustangs were able to get out of the inning without allowing East Webster to score anymore. East Webster added three more in the bottom of the fourth when Mamie Hollenhead singled to center field and Frost hit an inside the park home run to score her and Hollenhead. Then Pate was walked and White RBI doubled to score Pate. Strayhorn tried to make a comeback when it put up three in the top of the fifth but was unable to score any more the rest of the evening and East Webster scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to win handily 11-3. Pate got the win for East Webster. “I had a good outing in our last win and it gave me confidence to come out and throw strikes tonight,” said a jubilant Pate. “I also have to credit my team for being able to back me up and making plays. We also came out tonight and smashed the ball.” East Webster traveled to Strayhorn in Sarah on Saturday and got the win 11-4 to advance to the North State semifinals of the Class 2A state fastpitch softball championships. The Lady Wolverines will travel to Amory to play Hatley at 5 p.m. Friday in a best two-out-of-three series. East Webster will host Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday, to be followed by a third game if necessary.