Wolverines rally for win against Rockets
There has already been one state championship gained by this year's baseball senior class at East Webster.
The Wolverines begin working toward possibly another later this afternoon.
Prior to the start of the playoffs, East Webster hosted two games in Cumberland to close the regular season.
Senior Carson Gilliland and Dalton Brown combined to keep a dangerous Neshoba Central batting order from causing very much damage and the Wolverines got an impressive 9-7 victory over the Class 5A opponent.
East Webster scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good and was much to the pleasure of coach Wes Johnson.
"Neshoba is a division champion and plays New Hope next week," Johnson said. "We went out there and battled at the plate. I was glad to see that. Everybody had some good at-bats and even though we got behind in the middle of the game, we came back and scrapped out a win. I'm proud of them."
The Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Cade Shurden drove in Miller Hancock and J.T. Slay with a double, then Walker Johnson had the first of three RBI singles to plate Shurden.
Neshoba Central tied the game with three runs in the third, but East Webster regained the advantage in its half of the third at 5-3 on an RBI ground out by Art Thompson and another RBI single by Johnson.
After the Rockets blasted off for four runs in the fourth inning, the Wolverines tied the game with a two-out rally in the fourth. Hancock and Slay reached base again just like they did in the first with a hit by pitch and walk, only reversed, then Wilson delivered a two-run single.
East Webster got the winning runs in the fifth frame when Thompson reached on an error and scored on Johnson's third single of the game. Johnson came home on a ground out by Spencer Carden.
It did not surprise coach Wes Johnson one bit that it was seniors that were right in the middle of a comeback victory.
In between games of Thursday's twinbill, seniors Brown, Carden, Gilliland, Shurden, Hancock, Wilson, Cody Boland and Darius Bryant were recognized.
"These guys have been through state championships and they've grown a whole lot," coach Johnson said. "What I'm most proud of is the character they've shown throughout their careers and just what they've meant to our school."
The Wolverines begin the Class 2A playoffs with a home doubleheader Friday against South Delta. The first game is set for 3:30 p.m.