Well-rounded East Webster Wolverines looking for balanced team

Veteran East Webster head baseball coach Wes Johnson likes the composition of his team’s roster as the Wolverines get set to open the 2014 season for real this Saturday.

“We have got a nice mix of older and younger guys,” Johnson said. “I really like our team. We have a combination of six juniors and seniors to go with 19 freshmen and sophomores. That gives us some youth and some experience.”

The Wolverines open the season by hosting a pair of games Saturday. East Webster faces Starkville Academy at 11 a.m. and then plays French Camp at 1 p.m. East Webster remains at home the following week, playing South Pontotoc on Monday and Starkville High School on Friday before hosting the East Webster Classic on March 8 and March 10.

“One of the unique assets for this team is the fact that we have more team speed than we have had some years,” he said. “We will do a lot of bunting and a lot of running the bases. We will put a lot of pressure on the teams we play.”

Senior Tyler Doss and juniors Derek Jones and Brock Flemings will be looked at to do most of the mound work for EW this season. “They all have experience and have pitched for us in some big games,” Johnson said. “We just want them to throw strikes and hopefully give us a chance to win.”

Some of East Webster’s youth will show up on the infield, where freshman Miller Hancock will get the start at shortstop. Chase Keller and Colby Crowley will be behind the plate for the Wolverines, while Jack Wilson, Luke Wilson, Dillon Silver, Shelton Tillery and Doss will be on the infield.

Getting playing time in the outfield will be McKinley Hollenhead, John Wofford Williams, Braden Harrison, Draper Nason, Cade Shurden, and Jones.

Hayden Pate, Spencer Carden, Cody Boland and Dalton Brown will be looked at to round out the pitching staff.

The Wolverines are in the same district as Eupora, Calhoun City, Bruce and Okolona.