Smithville beats East Webster in marathon three-game softball series

Staff Writer

An instant classic series that spanned five hours and three games on Thursday night in the Class I slow pitch third round playoffs was all about who would blink first between the East Webster Lady Wolverines and Smithville Lady Seminoles.

East Webster went toe-to-toe with the big bats from up north and did everything it could offensively to have a chance. Unfortunately for the young Lady Wolverines, a rough defensive inning in game three was the difference in advancing and finishing the slow pitch season.

Six errors spelled doom for East Webster in the fourth inning of the final game to give Smithville a nine-run lead. Though the Lady Wolverines made a run and cut it to two runs late, they weren’t able to overcome those errors and they lost the series after that 17-13 defeat.

In game three, East Webster was down 6-5 in the fourth inning after Sydney Dewberry hit her third home run of the series. Disaster struck in the form of defensive miscues as six total errors opened the floodgates and the Lady Seminoles capitalized with eight runs in the inning to go up 14-5. The toughest blow of the inning came on a fly ball to center with no outs that went in and out of the glove and over the fence for a three-run home run.

The Lady Wolverines never gave up, however. The fifth inning brought a rally with it as East Webster scored six runs to close the lead to 14-12. A fly ball from Katlee Box nearly dropped and would have tied the game, but the center fielder made a nice diving stop to keep the game where it was.

After Smithville scored three more runs over the next two innings, the Lady Wolverines still had a chance to make something happen in the seventh and got it to 17-13. With the tying run at the plate in the form of Coy Jennings, the junior grounded a ball back to the pitcher and ended the game and the season.

Josie Reed finished the final game for East Webster 4-for-5 with an RBI, Lexi Crenshaw was 1-for-3 but had five RBI and a grand slam home run. Dewberry walked three times intentionally and her only official at-bat was a solo home run. Box went 2-for-3 in the final game and Emma McKee was 2-for-2.

To get to that game three, the Lady Wolverines put up a major fight with their backs against the wall. They hit five home runs and pounded out 22 hits on their way to a 20-13 victory in a slugfest between the two teams. Dewberry hit two home runs in the game for East Webster and went 3-for-3 with five RBI and two home runs.

Crenshaw was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, Box was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a home run, Abby Williams went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBI and Whitney Winter was 3-for-3.

The Lady Wolverines (19-7) lost the opening game 9-8 despite having an early 5-0 lead. Crenshaw and Dewberry each finished the season in style with three home runs each in the three-game series.