Lady Wolverines beat Lady Wildcats

Sydney Dewberry prepares to hit for East Webster.

Staff Writer

Coach Lee Berryhill is watching his young team grow right before his eyes.

The East Webster softball team is one of the top softball programs in the state of Mississippi, but it’s not immune from some rebuilding. After a string of state championship seasons, several great players have come and gone and left behind a team that’s full of youth.

Berryhill's team has answered with an 11-3 start and a 5-0 record in Class I, Region 4 play with the three losses to South Pontotoc and Houston along the way. Most recently, the Lady Wolverines pounded out 22 hits on Tuesday night and run-ruled Calhoun City 17-7 in six innings for their fifth-straight victory.

“We had so many question marks coming in and knew that we would have youth in the lineup and youth on defense,” Berryhill said. “We stumbled three times since that opening weekend, but they bounced back. They’ve showed a lot of character and they’re doing what they can to win.”

East Webster came out swinging on Tuesday night and jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. That was led off by an RBI double from Sydney Dewberry and a two-run single from Lexi Crenshaw.

The lead expanded out to 10-0 in the third with four-straight hits coming with one out. Crenshaw started it with a double, Emma McKee drove in two runs with a double of her own and Whitney Winter finished it off with a two-run triple and the Lady Wolverines were cruising.

Leading 12-2 in the fifth inning and lacking one out before a run-rule, East Webster surrendered a three-run blast to make it 12-5. Calhoun City tightened it up again in the sixth inning with a two-run home run to make it 12-7, but the Lady Wolverines got a three-run homer from Dewberry and a walk-off RBI from Peyton Flora to get the early win in the sixth.

Of the 22 hits from East Webster, the eighth grade shortstop Flora was 4-for-4 and made a couple of nifty plays on the defensive side as well.

McKee and Winter were each 3-for-3 with two RBI, Dewberry led the team with five runs driven in on 2-for-4 hitting, Crenshaw was also 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double and Abby Williams went 3-for-4.

“We couldn’t find a barrel at the beginning of the year, but as we’re getting reps, we’re figuring that barrel head out,” Berryhill said. “We’ve still got to be more consistent with that if we want to get where we want to be, but we’re finding it.”

The Lady Wolverines try to march closer to a No. 1 seed out of their region as they play Vardaman on Thursday at home. East Webster plays five district games to close the schedule out over the course of three weeks.