Early losses put East Webster in tough spot

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

While it was a 6-3 loss to Eupora on Monday that eliminated East
Webster from the playoffs, Wolverines head coach Wes Johnson said you
would need to look back to a little earlier in the season to what
really hurt his team.

“We lost two district games early in the season that we really should
have won,” Johnson said “If we had won either one of those, then the
loss to Eupora wouldn’t have mattered as far as the playoffs go.”

But, those early season losses to PIsgah and Madison St. Joseph came
into play Monday night, with the Eupora-East Webster winner finishing
third in the district and earning the league’s final playoff spot.
Eupora scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to break a 3-3
tie and take the win.

“Hopefully these young guys will learn something from this that every
district game matters,” he said. “I really believe those early losses
caused us to start pressing a little and that really is what hurt our

It was the loss to St. Joseph that really had Johnson shaking his head.

“We had beaten them 8-2 the first game we played them and we were
leading 8-3 in the last inning with one out of the second game, and
just let it get away from us. We just never really recovered from

St. Joseph scored five in the bottom of the eighth and then added a
single run in the ninth to earn the win.