MABEN – The East Webster baseball team had to find away to hit the ball if it was to advance in the playoffs.
The Wolverines didn't find it at the plate Saturday afternoon and lost game three of a Class 2A playoff series 11-1 in five innings to the Wesson Cobras at the East Webster baseball field.
"We got shut out (Friday)," East Webster head coach Wes Johnson said. "We hit some balls hard. Give those guys credit. They didn't walk people, they played defense and they hit the baseball. They out-played us."
Wesson bounced back after losing game one, to take game two and three.
The Cobras got the ball rolling when Payton Cupit hit a two-run home run in the top of the second to give them a 2-0 lead.
A two RBI double by designated hitter Josh Smith in the third inning gave Wesson a 4-0 lead.
The Cobras then sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth inning and scored seven runs.
"We had all our pitching left, and they hit two guys that are seniors and they deserved to win," Johnson said.
Johnson sent senior Conner Burton to the mound to start the game, but he only lasted two innings. He then brought in senior Ty Hendrix who only pitched 1.2 innings before giving way to freshman Derek Jones.
In the bottom half of the first inning, Dylan Henley led off with a single, but a 6-4-3 double play and fly out to right field ended the first inning and a chance for the Wolverines to jump out first.
"I told my guys before the game 'hitting is contagious,'" Johnson said. "We got the first guy on and just never strung anything together. (Zach Stafford) pretty much shut us down for five innings."
In the bottom of the fifth, the Wolverines finally scored when Hendrix was walked with the bases loaded.
East Webster still had the bases loaded and a chance to extend the game, but senior Codie Silver struck out swinging to end the game.
The Wolverines and Cobras were coming off a 1-0 decision in the second game, in which East Webster walked in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
"I really don't," Johnson said of the emotion from Friday night's game carrying over. "I think (Wesson) came out with a purpose of swinging the bat and they did. I give those guys credit. They came in here with hitting the ball on their minds."
East Webster finished the game with three hits and finished the season with a record of 19-9.