By Austin Bishop
There are a lot of things that go into scoring a lot of runs and putting together a four-game winning streak. But, some of them go a little unnoticed to the average fan.
“One of the biggest things for us has been our base-running,” said East Webster head baseball coach Wes Johnson. “It is something we have been talking about and working on and it really seems to be coming together. The guys are getting good leads and good jumps and are in a better position to take the extra base when it’s available.”
And Johnson is quick to point out that the hitter has some responsibility as well. “Our guys are doing a good job of knowing when the runner gets a good jump and then not swinging so they can take the base,” he said. “When you get guys in scoring position it leads to more runs. And when you run the bases well, it puts more pressure on the defense and can lead to mistakes.”
The Wolverines used good base running, timely hitting and solid pitching to win all four games they played in the East Webster Tournament. EW beat Noxapater 12-4 and Choctaw County 14-4 on Saturday, before defeating Riverside 10-0 and West Lowndes 14-8 on Monday.
Johnson noted that John Wofford Williams, Braden Harrison, Jack Wilson and Derek Jones had strong tournaments at the plate for the Wolverines, while Brock Flemings, Jones and freshman Cody Boland have been very effective on the mound.
East Webster was set to face Tishomingo County in the Saltillo Tournament on Friday at noon, before visiting West Point on Tuesday and hosting French Camp at 6 p.m. on March 21.