by Chuck Bailey
Cumberland-East Webster Lady Wolverines fought hard here Saturday, May 5th to keep their post season hopes alive in The Class 2A Fast Pitch Softball Championship, but came up just short in the end losing to The Hatley Lady Tigers 5-4 in the North Semi-Finals . They would have had to win a double header here in order to keep playing as they lost Friday, May 4th at Hatley 9-4. East Webster had there chances in both games that were played. In the first game Friday at Hatley, they had six hits. Two came from Autumn Frost who had an inside the park home run to put East Webster up 3-2. Hatley was able to benefit from 11 walks and six East Webster errors to win it and force East Webster to win two Saturday at Cumberland. Saturday was a hot blustery day. The teams took the field with over 90 degree conditions. Hatley secured two runs in the top of the first and East Webster answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when East Webster Senior Outfielder, Montana Spencer led off with a single. Lady Wolverine Third Base Player Mamie Hollenhead then had a sacrifice bunt that advanced Spencer to second. Catcher Autumn Frost then singled and had a RBI when Spencer was safe at home. Hatley retired the rest of the order and led 2-1 going into the top of the second inning. The Lady Tigers padded there lead with a run in the top of the second to go up 3-1. East Webster tied it up at three all in the bottom of the third. Facing two outs Hollenhead singled with a hit over the Hatley first base players head. Frost then hit one out over the left field fence for a home run and another RBI. Hatley came right back and scored two runs in the top of the forth to go up 5-3. Lady Tiger pitcher Lesley Hudson settled in and promptly retired the East Webster side of the order in the bottom of the forth and fifth inning. The East Webster Lady Wolverines also got tough with their defense and great pitching by Bailey Williams as Hatley was unable to score again. East Webster down 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, led off with a triple to the right field foul pole by Frost. Williams then had a pop up that was dropped by the Hatley second base player. Williams was safe at first and had the RBI of Frost and was now down only a run 5-4. However, East Websters’ remaining order was retired. The Lady Wolverines fought hard but were unable to get that crucial run in the bottom of the seventh and this one ended in a heart breaker 5-4. East Webster Lady Wolverines season is now over,but hopes are high for next season as everyone returns but three seniors who will be missed; second base player Chloe Roberson, outfielders Montana Spencer and Michaela White.