EW prepping for strong playoff run

By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times

East Webster head baseball coach Wes Johnson knows that his Wolverines will face some strong pitching as they try to work themselves through the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs.
That’s why his 17-9 Wolverines will be playing host to French Camp Academy at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday for one last tune-up before the playoffs begin for EW the following week.
“I know French Camp has two junior college pitchers,” Johnson said of Hagan Box and Cole Henson, who have both signed to play for Itawamba Community College next year. “That is really the idea behind playing them. We just need to see live pitching and then let our pitcher sget some innings in. We are going to throw several guys a couple innings each just to keep them fresh and sharp.”
East Webster, which is 17-8 overall, won the region and received a first-round bye. The Wolverines will open playoff action by hosting a game on Thursday in the second round. The Friday game will be on the road, while the “if necessary” game would be back at EW on Saturday.
Recently the Wolverines defeated Calhoun City 12-2 and Bruce 6-5 and 8-2, before dropping a 6-1 decision to Houston on Tuesday night.
Brock Flemings tossed a three-hitter for East Webster in the win over Calhoun City, while Jack Wilson drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eight to force in the winning run in the 6-5 win over Bruce. Colby Crowley picked up the save in that game.
John Wofford Williams and Chase Keller had big hits late in the game that helped the Wolverines to their 8-2 win over Bruce. Cody Boland picked up the win on the mound, while Flemings closed the game out.
Johnson said Hayden Pate pitched well for EW against Houston, noting that the game was tied 1-1 through five innings, before the Hilltoppers scored four in the sixth and one in the seventh.