MABEN – The fight the East Webster Lady Wolverines have showed over the course of the slowpitch softball season responded with one final gasp in the fifth inning Saturday of a 13-3 loss to the Enterprise-Clarke Lady Bulldogs.
With Enterprise-Clarke three outs away from a 12-0 shutout, East Webster refused to go down without scoring.
The Lady Wolverines responded with three runs on four hits in the fifth to extend the game one more half inning.
Even though the Lady Bulldogs got a walk-off solo home run by Harley Smith to end the game, East Webster coach Meleah Brown was proud to see her team generate some offense at the end.
"Going into the fifth, I told them that it's 12-0 so if we don't score, it's ballgame so we've got to have three to stay and they scored three," Brown said. "They are a bunch of fighters and will give it everything they've got. Enterprise-Clarke is just a better team."
Enterprise-Clarke won both games Saturday afternoon, also taking the first game 19-2, and displayed a tremendous amount of offensive power with several home runs leaving Nikki Jones Memorial Field.
Brown knew the playoff run was going to be a tough one for the Lady Wolverines and definitely saw the toughest challenge in what the Lady Bulldogs brought.
"I would look ahead to every round of who we might end up meeting and I thought if we can get through these three rounds and get to a state championship, we might as well win a state championship because we were going to have a tough three rounds," Brown said. "Usually going into the first round, you have an easy first round because last year we had an easy first round, but this year when I found out we had to go to Puckett, I knew we had our hands full."
When East Webster got to Puckett, it lost the first game and trailed 14-9 in the second game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Brown knew the Lady Wolverines had to make something happen and they did by coming back to extend their season.
"That's the thing about these girls," Brown said. "They don't quit."
Against Enterprise-Clarke, East Webster left two runners on base in the first, second and fifth innings, left the bases loaded in the third and left one batter on in the fourth.
A more competitive outing could have been in the works if the Lady Wolverines had gotten more clutch hitting.
"I told the team we played a good team last weekend, but it's going to be tougher (Saturday)," Brown said. "We knew Enterprise-Clarke could hit the ball and field it. I told them that you are going to have to play the best ball you've ever had to play (Saturday). You hate to lose, but I told them if you can't be the best, you had better lose to the best and I felt like we lost to the best team in 2A right there."
The Lady Bulldogs scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second, five more in the fourth and one in the fifth.
East Webster had 12 hits in the game while Montana Spencer, Autumn Frost, Bailey Williams and Kendall Wilkinson had two hits each.
In the first game, the Lady Wolverines only had three hits with two coming from Spencer and the other from Frost.
East Webster's final record was 20-10.