Wolverines counting on new faces on mound

By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress-Times

It’s not every day you have a pitching staff like Cody Silver, Conner
Burton and Ty Hendrix. It’s also not every day that you have to
replace them.

That’s the obstacle facing veteran baseball coach Wes Johnson and his
East Webster High School baseball team this season.

“The majority of our innings last year were thrown by those three
guys,” Johnson said. “And they are all pitching on the college level
right now, so you can see what we lost.”

Silver and Burton are at East Mississippi Community College, while
Hendrix — along with former Wolverine Jordan Mixon — pitches for East
Central Community College.

“We are the youngest we’ve been since I’ve been at East Webster,” he
said. “We have a pretty good young group and we are expecting good
things, we just lack the experience factor.”

Among those Johnson will be relying upon greatly this season are
seniors Austin McGinnis and Codie McKee.

McGinnis will get a lot of work on the mound this season, while McKee
is looking to solidify things defensively behind the plate, while
also providing some pop offensively.

“We are young and and have some guys who can run,” Johnson said. “We
are going to try and play the small ball game and rely on our
defense. We have got a bunch of guys who play defense well. If we can
keep from walking people, we should be able to score enough runs to
win some games.”

The Wolverines opened their weather-delayed 2013 season with a 13-7
road win over South Pontotoc on Tuesday night, thanks in part to a 12-
run third inning. They now visit Bruce on Friday before facing
Kossuth and Hatley in the Hatley Tournament on Saturday.

Joining McGinnis on the mound this year for the Wolverines will be
Derek Jones, Tyler Doss, Brock Flemings and Hayden Pate.
Junior Shelton Tillery is at first base with Jack Wilson at second,
Miller Hancock or Doss at short and Dillon Silver and Chase Keller at
third.

McKinley Hollenhead, John Walker Williams and Braden Harrison will
get a hefty amount of the work in the outfield.