By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
Bailie Springfield may be sending East Webster head fast-pitch softball coach Lee Berryhill a bill for overtime after the work she put in last week.
The EWHS pitcher lead her team to four wins in a three-day span last week to move the Lady Wolverines into this week’s MHSAA Class 2A North State Championship match-up against Hatley. East Webster is set to visit Hatley on Friday at 5 p.m., before playing host to the Tigers at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If the best-of-three series is forced to a deciding game, it ail be played on Saturday as well.
“She has been pitching real well for us,” Berryhill said of Springfield. “We have also been scoring runs and making plays behind her. Due to the weather we had to play our games Wednesday through Friday last week, but we worked through it.”
That the Lady Wolverines did. East Webster beat Mantachie 9-0 and 12-5 in their second-round playoff series, then swept Baldwyn 10-1 and 9-5 to move to the North State finals.
“It really has been all about the team, it is not just one player,” Berryhill said. “All year long we have found ways to win. The girls do a good job of battling and competing.
“Our offense doesn’t always have to come from the top of the line-up,” he said. “It may come from the middle or it may come from the bottom. We are just finding ways to win.”
That balanced hitting attack was evident in the 9-5 series-clinching win over Baldwyn. EW opened the scoring when Madison Flemings tripled to right to score Jennah Pate. Kendall Wilkinson then singled in Flemings to make it 2-0 in favor of the Lady Wolverines. Mamie Hollenhead ripped a shot to left that led to Wilkinson and Kandler Flora scoring.
Baldwyn fought back in the bottom of the third inning to score three runs and cut the EW lead to 4-3 before Hollenhead unloaded a three-run double to put the winners up by four runs. A Springfield single then scored Hollenhead to give EW an 8-3 lead.
The last East Webster run was scored when Jessica Davis singled in Wilkinson in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Baldwyn loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the sixth. After two runners were cut down at the plate, Baldwyn came up with a two-RBI single to cut the final margin to 9-5. Springfield then closed Baldwyn out in the top of the seventh to push East Webster into the North State Championship series.