High school baseball roundup: SHS loses, East Webster wins pair

SDN staff

It took a run in the eighth inning for the Tupelo Golden Wave to edge the Starkville Yellowjackets 4-3 in extra innings to open the Class 6A playoffs on Friday night.

After Austin Campbell pitched the first seven innings for the Jackets, gave up seven hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out six. Griffin Little worked 2/3 of the eighth inning and gave up one run on one hit.

Offensively for SHS, Jack Perry had a double and scored a run, Dee Petty had two hits with an RBI and Carter Bentley had a hit and scored a run.

With the loss, the Jackets saw their record fall to 15-12.

The two teams meet in Starkville Saturday at 2 p.m.

East Webster 13, O'Bannon 3,
East Webster 17, O'Bannon 2

MABEN – East Webster made quick work of its first round opponent on Friday night and moved on to the second round of the playoff with ease.

In two-run rule performances, the Wolverines knocked off O’Bannon in five innings in game one and in three innings to move on to round two.

“We started an eighth grader on the mound in the first game and he did a great job," East Webster coach Wes Johnson said. "We played all young kids. We’ve grown to expect advancing, so this is the expectation for us.”

After the five-inning win in the first game, the Wolverines (20-6) threw a combined three-inning no-hitter with Wes Silver and Sloan Hillhouse. It didn’t stop O’Bannon from scoring runs as it took advantage of four East Webster errors to get on the board.

Trailing 1-0 in the first, the Wolverines scored eight-straight runs in the next two innings to push the lead out to 8-1. O’Bannon scored another run in the third, but East Webster answered back with nine of its own in the bottom of the inning to clinch the run-rule win.

The Wolverines pounded out 12 hits in the second game led by three hits from Hastings Gibson, who knocked in five runs. Will Gaskin, Clay Neal and Kainan Reed all had two hits and two RBI each.
Silver pitched 2.2 innings and struck out four batters to earn the win.

East Webster will move on to face New Site (18-4) in a series that will take place next Friday in Cumberland with game two on Saturday in Booneville and a game three if necessary on Monday. The Royals beat Union 12-7 and 12-10 in a doubleheader on Friday.