Wolverines squeeze out tight victories

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

The East Webster baseball team is definitely on a roll.

After opening division play with a solid 8-0 win over rival Eupora on
Friday night, the Wolverines won a pair of thrillers on Saturday in
the first day of its own tournament, knocking off a strong Caledonia
team 7-6 and then holding off Calhoun City 11-10. Both of Saturday’s
wins came thanks to suicide squeezes in the bottom of the last inning.
“That was a couple of exciting ballgames, “ said EW head coach Wes
Johnson. “We battled in both games. We are on a little bit of a roll
right now.”

The Wolverines were 6-2 headed into Tuesday, which saw East Webster
being set to play Noxapater in a doubleheader followed by a single
game at Hebron Christian. Tuesday’s games were going to be part of
the EW Tournament that was pushed back a day from Monday due to
inclement weather.

The Wolverines had some big hits in the win over Eupora, but the
story of the game was the pitching of freshman left-hander Derek
Jones, who threw a two-hitter, while striking out nine batters.

“He really had command of his pitches and kept them off balance,”
Johnson said. “We needed some innings out of our starting pitchers
and he gave it to us.”

Jack Wilson smacked a two-run double for the winners, while Shelton
Tillery drove in a pair of runs and John Walker Williams and Chase
Keller each had an RBI single.
Austin McGinnis kept up the good mound work for the Wolverines in
Saturday’s first game, as he scattered nine hits to go eight full
innings in East Webster’s dramatic 7-6 win over Class 4A power
Caledonia.

EW picked up the win over the Confederates when Tyler Doss squeezed
in the run in the bottom of the inning. The Wolverines actually
trailed 6-4 going into what would be their final at bat.

McGinnis led off the eighth with a single, then Mckinley Hollenhead
reached on an error and Jones loaded the bases with a bunt single.
Wilson tied the game with a two-run single, setting Doss up for the
game-winning squeeze.

Against Calhoun City, the Wolverines jumped out to a 10-2 lead,
before giving up eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie
the game.

EW loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a singles by
Tillery and Miller Hancock sandwiched around a walk to Jones, setting
up a bases-loaded, two-strike squeeze by Wilson.

“We had tried it the pitch before and he fouled it off,” Johnson
said. “I gave it right back to him, because I knew with the pressure
on he would put it down.”

Williams and Tillery had two hits each for the Wolverines, while Cody
McGhee had a single and drove in two runs.