Lady Wolverines win South title

By Austin Bishop

The Webster Progress Times

 

When East Webster softball coach Lee Berryhill looks back over what his Lady Wolverines have done over the past 15 months, it’s hard for him to complain.

During that span they played for the South State slow-pitch title in 2012, won the MHSAA Class 2A Fast-Pitch Championship in 2013 and just this past Saturday finished second in the state in 2A after claiming a South State slow-pitch title earlier in the week.

“You have to give the girls a lot of credit for doing what they’ve done in the past three seasons,” Berryhill said. “We’ve got nothing to complain about and nothing to hang our heads about. A lot of people wish they had what we have been able to do.”

The Lady Wolverines finished the 2013 slow-pitch season at 23-8 after dropping two straight games to Baldwyn (31-2) in the MHSAA Class 2A Slow-Pitch State Championship played at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland on Saturday.

Baldwyn, the North champions, scored three runs in the fifth inning of the first game to break a 4-4 tie on the way to an 8-4 win, while the Lady Bearcats won the second contest 6-1.

“They jumped out early on us and got momentum,” Berryhill said. “We would get people on, but we just couldn’t get the big hit to get the momentum on our side.”

Baldwyn scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. East Webster had its one big inning of the day in the top of the third, when the Lady Wolverines banged out five hits to score four runs and take a 4-2 lead.

Autumn Frost and Madison Flemings each had RBI doubles for EW in the inning, while Bailie Springfield, Mamie Hollenhead and Kendall Wilkinson each had singles.

Baldwyn scored two in the bottom of the third to tie the game, then scored three in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the four-run win.

Doing the heavy damage for Baldwyn in the game were third-place hitter Sheneria Tyes and clean-up hitter Jorda Waters. Tyes banged out two doubles and two singles, while Waters had a two-run double and two singles for the winners.

Both teams had 14 hits in the opener, with Frost leading East Webster with a double and three singles and Flemings popping a double and a single. Springfield and Flora had two hits each for the Lady Wolverines.

Baldwyn scored four in the top of the first inning of the second game, sparked by back-to-back triples by Maggie Martin and Tyes. The Lady Bearcats added two more in the second as Tyes delivered her second run-scoring triple of the game to give Baldwyn a 6-0 lead.

East Webster’s lone run in the game came in the fourth inning when Flemings singled in Frost.

EW had seven hits in the second game with Springfield leading the way with a pair of singles.

The future looks bright for the Lady Wolverines, as there are no seniors on the roster.