By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress Times
Defending Class 2A state runnerup East Webster will host a two-day softball tournament Saturday and Monday.
Saturday’s three-game lineup begins at 11 a.m., when the host Lady Wolverines battle Class 4A power Houston. Hamilton will then play Houston at 12:45 p.m., followed by East Webster and Hamilton at 2:30.
The tournament continues on the first day of spring break on Monday (March 13) with four more games: South Pontotoc plays Ethel at 10 a.m. and Riverside at 11:45. East Webster will then take on Ethel at 1:30 p.m., before facing Riverside at 3:15.
Games will have a 90-minute time limit.
East Webster brings a 1-3 record into this week after the Lady Wolverines dropped a pair of heartbreakers last week. They lost 9-7 at Ethel last Tuesday, then dropped a 13-12 decision at Houston on Thursday. A Friday contest against Noxapater was postponed.
This week, the Lady Wolverines were to go to South Pontotoc on Tuesday and host Ethel on Thursday before hosting their tournament Saturday and Monday. Also next week, they’ll go to Vardaman on Thursday, March 16.
At Ethel last Tuesday, East Webster fell behind 4-0 and could never catch up.
The Lady Wolverines got within 4-3 after three runs in the top of the fourth, only to see Ethel respond with two runs in the bottom of the same inning and two more in the fifth to take control.
Emily Nason was 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs and Jessica Aron homered, tripled and knocked in a pair of runs to lead East Webster.
Lexi Crenshaw singled and scored twice; Sydney Dewberry and Curtlyn Blake both singled and scored; Josie Reed singled and had an RBI; Jessi Reed had a base hit; and Emma McKee scored twice.
Liz Massey took the pitching loss after tossing a complete game and striking out six.
At Houston last Thursday, the Lady Wolverines once again fought from behind the entire contest.
East Webster trailed 4-0 after one and was down 12-2 going into the fifth. There, the Lady Wolverines scored two to stay alive and avoid the run-rule. They put together a six-run rally in the sixth to pull within 12-10, then tied it with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
Nason had two hits, four RBIs and two runs and Reed had a pair of hits and two RBIs to lead the team’s nine-hit attack.
Jessica Davis doubled, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs; Crenshaw doubled and scored; Aron had one hit, three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases; Dewberry singled, scored and had an RBI; and McKee singled and scored three times.
Davis was the losing pitcher in relief of Massey.