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May 23rd, 2015
PEARL â€“ Many East Webster fans had a reason to wonder â€śwhat ifâ€ť on Thursday afternoon in Pearl after the Wolverines let game two of the Class 2A State championship slip through their hands.
On the same field Saturday, East Webster left no doubt which team was the best in the state of Mississippi for Class 2A.
PEARL â€“ There was a reason why East Webster baseball coach Wes Johnson pencils John Wofford Williams in as the designated hitter.
The junior has a knack of delivering in the middle of the order when the Wolverines need a big hit.
That was the case on Saturday as East Webster defeated the Taylorsville Tarters 12-2 to claim the Class 2A State championship.
It was a fitting way to end the 2014-15 athletic year for Mississippi high schools.
The East Webster High School baseball team added a sixth state championship for the school on Saturday afternoon, which caps an unbelievable run for the Wolverines.
Jacob Lindgren made a name for himself during his junior year at Mississippi State.
The left hander went 6-1 in his 26 appearances during the 2014 season. The Bay St. Louis native allowed only 23 hits, nine runs, five earned runs in 55 1/3 innings. He had an earned run average of 0.81 and struck out an astonishing 100 batters.
Coach Wes Johnson and the East Webster Wolverines couldnâ€™t have asked for a better scenario on Thursday afternoon.
After coming back to take a 2-1 lead against Taylorsville, it was all but a formality that the game was in the bag with star reliever Kolby Crowley on the mound.
Mark Monaghan may have become a successful high school baseball coach at DeSoto Central High School.
Even after winning the Class 6A State championship with his Jaguars, Monaghan has not forgotten where he came from.
Monaghan played high school baseball for coach Danny Carlisle at Starkville High School and fondly remembers those who made an impact on his life at an early age.
PEARL â€“ All it took was one pitch and one hit to ruin what had been a phenomenal effort from two East Webster pitchers on Thursday in game two of the Class 2A State championship.
Taylorsville used a two-out, two-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning to force a decisive game three with a 3-2 win over the Wolverines.
PEARL â€“ East Webster's duo of Derek Jones and Kolby Crowley kept the Taylorsville bats at bay all day.
They had a no-hitter until two outs in the sixth inning. That's when things took a bizarre turn.
Colbey Rivers and Tyler Barnes were valuable senior members of the Starkville High School baseball team.
Rivers and Barnes were recognized for their contributions to the Yellowjackets by landing spots in the NEMCABB All-Star Game. They are members of the Class 4A/6A West roster.
Mississippi State may have lost a player on Thursday, but added a signee for the 2015 class.
Bulldog guard Maurice Dunlap is transferring, an MSU official confirmed.
Bulldawgs 247 first reported the news on Thursday afternoon.