When Lee Berryhill took the softball head coaching job at East Webster, he didn't know a whole lot about the program.
In his first season, he has his slowpitch squad into the Class 2A playoffs.
The Lady Wolverines (19-4) host Bay Springs today at 5 p.m. in a best 2-out-of-3 series. All games will be played today.
"When I came in, I didn't know anything about the girls," Berryhill said. "I came in and worked hard everyday. We tried to get better everyday. The girls have done a good job buying into what we want them to do."
Berryhill has done his best to get some information on the Lady Bulldogs, but he has been unsuccessful.
"To be honest, I don't know anything about them," Berryhill said. "I have tried to call around, but I can't get anything out of anybody."
There are several different ways coaches may go about approaching the possibility of playing three games in one day. On top of it all, the fact that the season can end makes it all the tougher.
"We are going to take it one game at a time," Berryhill said. "We are going to try to stay with out strengths and do the best we can. We will make adjustments throughout the game if we have to."
The Region 5, District 4 champion Lady Wolverines have the advantage of playing at home, and Berryhill believes that gives his squad the edge.
"It is a big advantage playing at home," Berryhill said. "We are playing a team out of the south that has never been to East Webster. We should have a big crowd. The atmosphere will be in our favor."
Slowpitch softball has been on the decline in the last few years.
Fastpitch is by far the more respected of the two, but Berryhill believes any championship is good.
"It's good for the school, it's good for the community and it's good for everybody," Berryhill said.
The Lady Eagles took second place in Region 5, District 4 and travel for the first round of the playoffs to play the Lady Tartars at 5 p.m.
Eupora head coach Kaley Harris doesn't know a whole lot about her opponent, but does know a little about where they will play.
Taylorsville has a grass infield, versus an all dirt infield that many high schools have.
Eupora has a lot of young players, but it hasn't bothered Harris.
"We haven't really worried," Harris said. "We knew we had a lot of work to do, but we will have some seniors next year. We have been doing a lot of work on a lot of different things."
In the approach to going deep into the playoffs, Harris wants to keep it simple.
"Defensively we are going to have to cut down on errors," Harris said. "Offensively (we need to) be consistent at the plate."
Eupora has a big hill to climb. They must win two games on the road in one day. Harris is hoping her team can get a good start and get in a rhythm.
"(We want to) come out playing as hard as we can," Harris said. "Hopefully, we can get into a groove and be able to take the first two. Hitting it will be different because of that grass infield."
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