Wolverines split pair of contests

By Rocky Higginbotham

Webster Progress Times

East Webster split a pair of baseball contests last week on the diamond, dropping an 11-1 decision to Class 6A Tupelo on Thursday before rebounding to shut out Bruce 4-0 on Friday.

The split left the Wolverines with a record of 6-2 heading into Spring Break, and weather permitting it will be quite a busy spring break for coach Wes Johnson’s bunch.

East Webster was to head to Gulf Shores this week to play four games in three days, as the Wolverines were to face Farragut, Tenn., and Muskogee, Okla., on Monday; play Randolph, Tenn., on Tuesday; and then battle Huntsville, Ala., Wednesday. Friday, they will return home to take on West Point.

Next week, East Webster is slated to host Winona in a division contest on Tuesday (March 21) before entertaining Houlka on Thursday (March 23). They’ll make the return trip to Winona on Friday (March 24) before hosting Newton County and St. Andrews on Saturday (March 25).

Last Friday, the Wolverines got a spectacular, complete-game shutout from Carson Gilliland to knock off Bruce.

Gilliland spun a two-hitter, walked none and struck out six to earn the win, and his team backed him with a pair of runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Luke Wilson was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Cade Shurden singled and drove in a pair of runs for East Webster. Jon Austin Roberts singled and scored twice and Miller Hancock had his team’s other hit. Art Thompson had an RBI.

Last Thursday against Tupelo, the Wolverines fell behind 5-0 in the first inning against the Class 6A Golden Wave and played catch-up the rest of the way.

Thompson doubled and drove in his team’s only run in the fourth inning, while Roberts singled and scored. Sloan Hillhouse also had a double while Wilson had a single.

Cody Boland, the first of three East Webster pitchers, took the loss.