East Webster loses softball decision

Staff Writer

After this week, Webster County softball teams are ready to be rid of South Pontotoc.

The Lady Cougars beat East Webster last Thursday 5-0, knocked off Eupora 13-7 on Tuesday and capped off the week by coming to Cumberland and defeating the Lady Wolverines on Thursday 14-1. Carrying a team full of 38 players, South Pontotoc hit up and down the lineup, especially in Thursday night’s encounter, to cap the undefeated record against Webster County foes.

“They’re a veteran team," East Webster coach Lee Berryhill said. "I think they’ve got eight seniors so they have a lot of leadership and experience. They’re expected to (hit well). We’re young and still trying to find our way.”

There were opportunities early for the Lady Wolverines that they failed to capitalize on with the most important being in the first inning. East Webster loaded up the bases with one out but hit into a double play. South Pontotoc answered with two runs the next inning and they took a 2-0 lead.

The third inning saw South Pontotoc break it open with a three-run home run to make it 5-0. It added three more runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 10-0 lead. Dewberry drove in the only run of the night for the Lady Wolverines and she prevented a run-rule in the sixth with her two-out RBI single.

South Pontotoc put the game away for good in the seventh with four runs and won the game 14-1.

East Webster (3-2) put together 10 hits with eight of those coming from three players. Curtlyn Blake, Josie Reed and Dewberry all went 2-for-3 for the afternoon. Dewberry produced the only RBI and had the only extra base hit with a double.

The real culprit in the game at the plate was East Webster hitting it right at the Lady Cougars. The Lady Wolverines had seven fly outs and three double plays in the game.

“You’ve got to be patient and know what pitch to hit, where to hit it and when to hit it,” Berryhill said. “We don’t have all of that figured out yet. It comes with experience, a lot of at-bats and hard work. We’re struggling a little bit, just have to keep putting one foot forward.”

East Webster looks to put its foot forward on Tuesday when it's back in action against Winona at 6 p.m. on the road. The Lady Wolverines also host Houlka next week on Thursday afternoon.