Webster County softball teams advance in playoffs

SDN staff
SDN staff

Webster County teams are moving on in the slow pitch Class I state playoffs as both East Webster and Eupora went on the road and took care of business against West Union and Bay Springs respectively on Tuesday.

In game one of the sweep for the Lady Wolverines, Sydney Dewberry knocked in six runs on three hits as she led her team to a 20-2 blowout in just five innings. East Webster jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first four innings before West Union could even get on the board and it scored nine runs in the fifth to leave no doubt to take game one.

Curtlyn Blake also had three hits in the game with three RBI, Coy Jennings had three hits and Kate Lee Box had three RBI.

The Lady Wolverines kept the ball rolling in game two, but this one ended quicker for them. Nine runs in the first and 10 more in the second put a stamp on the dominating effort. East Webster had three hits each from Box and Abby Williams. Box capped her big afternoon with four more RBI in the second game and Dewberry had two hits and three RBI in the second game.

The Lady Wolverinres (18-5) will now take on Smithville in the third round of the playoffs with a trip to the North State championship series on the line. That will take place on Thursday afternoon in Cumberland beginning at 5 p.m.

The Lady Eagles followed suit with a sweep of their own at Stringer High School against Bay Springs. Eupora took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Bay Springs but steadily built that lead. They scored two runs in the third inning and pushed the lead out to 7-0 in the fourth with a four-run inning. Meanwhile, the defense shut down Bay Springs to keep the pressure on and another four-run inning in the fifth put it away for the 11-0 victory in five frames.

Bay Springs put up a better fight early in the second game as it jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third inning. Eupora came back with four runs in the bottom of the frame to take its first lead at 5-4. From there, they completely took over with four runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth for a 10-4 advantage.

That was good enough to send Eupora (22-6) on its way to the second round of the slow pitch playoffs with a 12-5 win.

“Our players were caught off guard that we were behind after we won the first game 11-0, but I didn’t feel like Bay Springs would consistently hit the ball and they didn’t,” Hunt said. “We’re going to have to hit the ball much better against Lake. We expect a dog fight.”

The victory sends them to round three in the south side of the bracket and they will host Lake at Eupora either Thursday or Friday. The game is a rematch from the fast pitch playoffs last season.