East Webster baseball off to hot start

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

Ernie Banks doesn’t have anything on East Webster head baseball coach
West Johnson.

Banks, the Chicago Cubs Hall-of-Famer, was famous for saying “let’s
play two” when it came to his love of baseball. Johnson one-upped him
last week when his Wolverines played three games in a day — winning
them all in the process.

East Webster swept a doubleheader from Noxapater by the scores of
15-1 and 17-2 on Tuesday in the East Webster Tournament, before
closing out the busy day with a 13-5 win over Hebron Christian to
move its record to 9-2 on the season.

The Wolverines dropped a 3-1 district home game to Pisgah on Tuesday
night to fall to 1-1 in league play and 9-3 overall.

“This week will go a long way in determining how far we will go,”
Johnson said of his team’s two district games against Pisgah. The
Wolverines hosted the Dragons on Tuesday night, before hitting the
road to face them on Friday.

“I think everybody in our division is fairly even,” he said. “We lost
probably more than anybody in the division. Madison St. Joe has got a
pitcher who will play at the next level and Ackerman has got a couple
of kids who are real good ball players, as does Eupora. Everybody has
somebody who can beat you.”

Hayden Pate picked up the win on the mound for EW in the first game
against Noxapater, while Codie McKee had a double and single and
Chase Keller slugged a double and drove in a pair of runs.

The second game saw Tyler Doss pick up two hits, while John Walker
Williams had a double and Mckinley Hollenhead and Jack Wilson had an
RBI single each. Austin McGinnis was the winning pitcher for EWHS.

Wilson, Doss, Derek Jones, and Hollenhead had two hits each for the
winners against Hebron Christian, while McKee was the winning pitcher.