East Webster softball

East Webster softball coach Lee Berryhill gives instruction to one of his hitters.

Slow pitch softball is beginning to dwindle down in the state of Mississippi.

This year, just over 80 teams remain playing the sport as the vast majority of schools in the Mississippi High School Activities Association have switched over to volleyball. For many, softball doesn’t carry the same weight that it does in Webster County for East Webster and Eupora.

Coach Lee Berryhill has won a handful of state championships in both slow pitch and fast pitch sports with the Lady Wolverines and as long as slow pitch exists, he’ll coach to win more.

“The numbers are going down because a lot of schools are converting from slow pitch to volleyball which is understandable,” Berryhill said. “In volleyball, they can move on from it to the next level, but you can’t in slow pitch. Here, we like slow pitch because you get the extra defensive work and it helps your athletes for fast pitch season."

For more on East Webster as it prepares for the slow pitch season, see Saturday's Starkville Daily News.

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