By Austin Bishop
The Wolverines are starting to get into a positive groove and that’s just what East Webster head baseball coach Wes Johnson has been looking for. He says it’s really no mystery as to why his team seems to be picking up momentum as it heads into the playoffs.
“I think just being able to play consecutive games allows you got get in a grove,” Johnson said, referring to the poor weather that has hampered his team’s schedule throughout the year. “It’s hard when you can’t get out on the field. It’s easier when you can play day after day.”
East Webster is set to host East Union in the second round of the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Wolverines will travel to East Union on Friday at 6 p.m. The third game, if needed, will be played at East Webster on Saturday.
Last week, East Union won its first-round match-up with Byers in two straight games, winning the opener 19-0 and the second contest 1-0. EW received a first-round bye in the playoffs due to wining the region, but did close out its regular season with a solid 19-5 win over a strong French Camp Academy club.
The winner of the East Webster-East Union contest will play the winner of the Leland-Mantachie series in the third series.
East Webster cracked out 13 hits in the win over FCA, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings, before hitting for eight in the third inning and five in the fourth.
Miller Hancock, Derek Jones and John Wofford Williams kept the pressure on FCA the entire game, reaching base 10-of-11 times between them. “When they get on base a lot it certainly improves our chance of winning and they have been doing that of late.”
Johnson said he was also very confident in any of the starting pitchers he could send to the mound in the series against East Union, noting that Brock Flemings, Derek Jones, Cody Boland, Colby Crowley and Hancock had all proven themselves as viable options.