Wolverines bow out of Class 2A state playoffs

By Rocky Higginbotham

Webster Progress Times

East Webster clobbered 16 base hits in an easy, 17-0 playoff win over Ingomar last Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, that win was sandwiched between a pair of disappointing losses — two setbacks which ended the season for East Webster.

After falling in Game 1 of a best-of-three, Class 2A North State semifinal series 11-6 last Thursday, East Webster rebounded to hammer Ingomar 17-0 Friday. The Wolverines could not, however, keep the momentum going, and dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision on Saturday.

East Webster finished the season with a 23-10 record. Ingomar moved on to battle East Union this week in the North State championship.

The Wolverines completely dominated the second game of the season, but never led in either of the other two games of the series.

In the opener, Ingomar scored seven times in the top of the fourth inning to build a 10-1 lead and held on for the win.

East Webster got a single, double, two runs and an RBI from Spencer Carden and two hits each from Miller Hancock and Walker Johnson. Hancock scored once and Johnson had an RBI.

Luke Wilson doubled, scored and drove in one, while Cade Shurden and Jon Austin Roberts both had a single and an RBI. J.T. Slay and Art Thompson both scored.

Johnson, the first of three East Webster pitchers, took the loss.

The very next day, though, Johnson was 4-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs to help the Wolverines roll to an easy win — while Shurden was 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, four runs and four RBIs.

East Webster got the only two runs it needed in the top of the first inning. The Wolverines then scored five in the third, five in the fourth and five more in the fifth.

Roberts added two hits and an RBI, while Hancock and Slay both doubled and scored and Wes Silver doubled and drove in a run.

Wilson scored three times; Carden singled and scored three times; Thompson singled, scored twice and drove in a run; Cameron Pilgrim singled, scored and drove in one; Darius Bryant scored once; and Keevon Patterson had one RBI.

Dalton Brown was the winning pitcher, tossing a two-hit shutout in five innings. He struck out three.

On Saturday, the Wolverines fell behind 4-0 and could not catch up in a one-run loss.

Carson Gilliland started and went four innings, suffering the loss after giving up six hits and three earned runs. Johnson allowed only one hit in three innings of scoreless relief.

East Webster managed just six hits, with Hancock and Thompson both getting a pair of singles and scoring once apiece. Shurden and Bryant both had one hit and one RBI.