MABEN – Kendall Wilkinson came to the plate in the seventh inning in a pressure-packed situation.
She delivered a 2-run double to stretch East Webster's lead to five and got three-up-three-down in the bottom half to give the Lady Wolverines a 13-8 win over Bay Springs.
"We had a three-run lead," East Webster head coach Lee Berryhill said. "She comes up with two outs. You extend that lead to five runs (and) that's big. That expanded our lead and let us relax a little bit. Anytime you can add runs, that's big."
The Lady Wolverines (21-4) took the best-of-three series to advance in the Class 2A slowpitch playoffs.
They travel to play Clarkdale on Saturday.
"Our girls are happy," Berryhill said. "They are not content. Our goal is to win the division and get into the playoffs. This is a brand new season. You take one game at a time and see how far we can go with it."
With a one game lead, East Webster jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first highlighted by Mamie Hollenhead's RBI double and Bailey Williams RBI single.
The Lady Braves fought back and got two runs back in the home half of the inning.
Wilkinson came up in the second inning and delivered a run scoring single to give East Webster a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the second.
Bay Springs again answered back and scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 5-5.
East Webster put some space between the two teams when Kerrigan Clark hit a 2-run home run over the right centerfield wall in the third inning.
"We were trying to go (opposite field) with her," Berryhill said. "She didn't get her pitch. She turned on it and went yard. It was big at the time."
That capped off a four-run third inning and pushed East Webster's lead to 9-5.
Bay Springs got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third, but Wilkinson and her defense settled down to throw two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth.
"They're hitting lineup was pretty tough," Berryhill said. "They hit the ball pretty hard. They hit home runs in the first game. Their first five or six batters could hit. They were hitting right along with us. The difference is we kept going and they didn't. They couldn't extend it through seven innings."
The Lady Wolverines got two runs in the fourth on a Hollenhead RBI double and an RBI double by Clark.
The Lady Braves got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that's as close as they got.
Clark ended the game with three hits. Wilkinson, Hollenhead, Williams, Bailie Springfield, Katie Gordon and Madison Flemmings each had two hits.
East Webster 12,
Bay Springs 5
Autumn Frost hit two home runs and the Lady Wolverines took game one of the best-of-three series.
"You get that first game in a three game set, it's huge," Berryhill said. "If you fall behind the kids feel a little bit of pressure. You don't know how they will respond."