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Williams shines pitching in circle for East Webster softball

March 21, 2012

Bailey Williams goes through her pitching motion for East Webster. (Submitted photo)

MABEN – Bailey Williams suffered a mild injury moments before East Webster's game, but it didn't seem to affect her at all.

Williams and the Wolverines beat rival Ackerman 5-2 Tuesday night at the Nikki Jones Memorial Field.

"She did really well," East Webster head coach Maleah Brown said of Williams. "Right before the game, she was pitching batting practice and got hit with a line drive in her pitching hand. Her hand (was) swollen and still is. I didn't know if she was going to be able to do it and I was panicky about that."

The Wolverines' play seemed to impress the opposing coach.

Ackerman head coach Mike Brown thought East Webster played solid all the way around.

"Give (East Webster) credit," Mike Brown said. "They're always good, they're always solid and not a bunch of superstars. They do the little things right. They have a real good catcher back there that eliminates your steals. (Williams) did a good job of changing pace."

Williams pitched all seven innings, giving up the two runs, five hits, waling six batters, hitting a batter and striking out four hitters.

"It hurt, but I just tried to block it out and just pitch," Williams said of her night in the circle.

Her defense helped her out when she needed it the most and she was quick to credit them.

"I had some good defense backing me up," Williams said.

Maleah Brown is glad to see her in this form.

"She did a good job," Maleah Brown said. "She is pitching well enough to win ballgames. She is doing her job on the mound and defense is strong behind her too."

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the game was tied at 2-2. Kendall Wilkinson led off with a hit for the Wolverines. Montana Spencer and Chloe Roberson had back-to-back sacrifice bunts to move Wilkinson to third.

"I was just looking to see where I was in the lineup, and I knew I had two good bunters," Maleah Brown said. "I knew if they got their bunts down, that Autumn (Frost), who is leading us in batting average would get a hit, and she did."

Frost delivered with an RBI double. Williams followed her with an RBI single and Mamie Hollenhead brought her in with a RBI triple.

"We just executed," Maleah Brown said. "When we got runners on, we got base hits. We left runners stranded several times. We should have got them in, but in that one inning when we had runners in scoring position, we got them in."

The Indians had their chance to get out of the bottom of the fourth, but starting pitcher Emily Robinson was unable to get the final out.

"We just couldn't get out of it and gave up four hits in a row," Mike Brown said. "We helped them too."

East Webster grabbed an early 1-0 lead after the first inning. Ackerman fought back in the third scoring two runs, but the Wolverines answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning.

"I thought our pitchers did a pretty good job all-in-all to hold them to five runs," Mike Brown said. "They have been scoring a lot of runs against good teams."

Ackerman's Allison Cooper had a two-run single in the third. The Indians fell to 4-3 for the year and are back in action Friday when they compete in the Houston Tournament.

Frost and Williams each had two hits for the Wolverines. East Webster improved to 6-4 for the season and will be on the road Thursday at Winona. The junior varsity is scheduled for 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 6 p.m.

Ackerman took the junior varsity game 9-1.

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