By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times
The East Webster slow-pitch softball team will certainly be able to hit the ball this season, but when it comes to crunch time the Lady
Wolverines will be relying on their defense.
“I think that will be one of our strengths,” EWHS head coach Lee Berryhill said of his team’s defensive prowess. “Defense is something that carries over from fast-pitch to slow-pitch. The offense is totally different, but the defense is basically the same.”
There will only be a pair of changes in East Webster’s defensive alignment from the team that finished second in the state in MHSAA 2A in slow-pitch last season.
Jennah Pate will move from the outfield to third base to replace Kerrigan Clark, who is injured, while Madison Fleming makes the move from the outfield to first base.
Kendall Wilkinson will be the pitcher, while Jessi Reed will be behind the plate, Bailie Springfield at second base, and Mamie Hollenhead at shortstop.
Autumn Frost, one of the premier sluggers in all MHSAA softball, will be in left-center, while speedster Kandler Flora is in right-center. The new members to the starting line-up this season will be freshman Jessica Aron in left field and the trio of Jessica Davis, Emily Nason, and Krista Ellis in right field. Ellis is a sophomore, while Davis and Nason are freshmen.
“We have a lot of experience with a lot of the same girls we had last year playing this year,” Berryhill said. “We are kind of well-balanced with some seniors, a couple ninth graders, some 10th graders, and some sophomores.”
After picking up a pair of preseason wins in the Neshoba Central Jamboree last weekend, the Lady Wolverines will open their 2014 season at the Eupora High School Classic on Saturday when they face Grenada at 9 a.m. and Bruce at 10:15 a.m.
East Webster then hosts South Pontotoc on Tuesday before visiting Noxapater on Thursday, Aug. 21.