By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
Veteran East Webster High School head baseball coach Wes Johnson is pleased overall with the 2-1 start his Wolverines have gotten off to this season.
East Webster defeated Starkville Academy 12-2 and French Camp 6-5 last Saturday before dropping a chilly 10-6 decision to South Pontotoc on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines were set to host Starkville High School on Friday before hosting their own tournament on Saturday and Monday. Action in the two-day event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday with East Webster taking on Noxapater, followed by the Tigers and Riverside playing at 1 p.m. The 3 p.m. contest has Eupora facing Houlka, while Bruce and Choctaw County face off at 5 p.m. and East Webster closes out the day with a 7 p.m. contest against Choctaw County.
Monday’s action has Bruce and Noxapater playing at 9 a.m., followed by Starkville Academy and Riverside at 11 a.m. The 1 p.m. contest features Vardaman and Bruce, with Eupora taking on Vardaman at 3 p.m. East Webster closes out the day’s games with a 5 p.m. contest against Riverside and a 7 p.m. game with West Lowndes.
Tyler Doss picked up the win on the mound for East Webster in the 12-2 run-shortened win over Starkville Academy, while Jack Wilson banged out a pair of hits for the Wolverines.
“We had several guys pick up hits in that ball game,” Johnson said. “We got some key hits in some big situations including a couple bunt hits.”
East Webster won a thriller in the second game on Saturday with Jack Wilson executing a suicide squeeze to score Cade Shurden from third in the bottom of the last inning to give the Wolverines the 6-5 win.
“We had the bases loaded and nobody out,” Johnson. “I thought about letting him swing away but I didn’t want to line out into a double play and wind up with two outs and a runner still on third.” Wilson came through with the bunt and the Wolverines won the game.
Hayden Pate took the win on the mound in the FCA game, while Jack Wilson had two hits and Luke Wilson also delivered a big RBI single.
The Wolverines fell behind visiting South Pontotoc 9-0 in the second inning on Tuesday night, but fought back and had the tying run on deck when the game ended.
“We just made a few defensive mistakes that hurt us early and things kind of snowballed,” Johnson said. “We battled back real well and I was proud of that.”
Chase Keller had a double and two singles to lead EW at the plate in the game, while Miller Hancock had a pair of singles.