By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
With four key members off the 2013 MHSAA Class 2A Fast-Pitch Softball State Championship team are not returning, East Webster head coach Lee Berryhill knows just where to look for leadership for his Lady Wolverines.
“We have a real good group of juniors who will be the core of our team,” he said. “They have experience and know what has to be done.”
Berryhill said it’s hard to predict the results of one season based on that of another, but he does say his team should be competitive and certainly knows what it’s like to compete at a high level.
“The girls have been around that environment and know what the competition is like and how to battle in those type of games,” he said. “It’s hard to replace experience, but we also have some coming back as well.”
The juniors who will be leading the way for EW are Kandler Flora, Autumn Frost, Mamie Hollenhead, Kendall Wilkinson and Geneva White. “They all have roles to play for us both on and off the field,” Berryhill said.
Sophomore Bailie Springfield returns to handle most of the pitching duties, while Frost will be behind the plate. Hollenhead anchors things down at third base, while freshman Jennah Pate is at short and Wilkinson is at second. White and Kerrigan Clark will both see time at first base.
The slick-fielding Flora is in center field, while sophomore Madison Flemings is in left and the duo of freshman Krista Ellis and eighth grader Emily Nason are expected to see time in right.
“We should be pretty solid on the infield,” Berryhill said. “We don’t have a lot of speed, but we will move base-to-base and do what we have to do. We are going to try to move the runners along and play solid on defense. We want to make our opponents earn what they get.”
The Lady Wolverines open the 2014 season on Saturday in the Winona Classic. East Webster is set to play Starkville High School at 10 a.m and Charleston at 11:45 a.m.
The first home game for East Webster will be on Tuesday when Vardaman pays a visit for a 6 p.m. contest.