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East Webster ready for next test in playoffs

May 5, 2011

Jamie McKee and the East Webster Wolverines open the third round of the Class 2A playoffs at Mantachie today. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

East Webster baseball coach Wes Johnson doesn't worry about his baseball team taking care of responsibility.
As he observed the Wolverines following the storms that damaged their campus last week, Johnson likes the way they have handled their business while attending classes at Wood Junior College and practicing at other sites.
"The seniors are already out and not on campus with us, but everybody is where they are supposed to be and when they are supposed to be there," Johnson said. "That tells me they've got a goal in hand."
East Webster starts the third round of the Class 2A playoffs today when it makes the trip to Mantachie. Following the 6 p.m. road game, the Wolverines play the designated home game of the series in Houston on Saturday (1 p.m.) and the third game will be back at Mantachie on Monday if necessary.
After practicing in Ackerman on Monday, East Webster practiced at Houston on Wednesday and Thursday.
"It's going as well as you can expect," Johnson said. "The kids are adapting real well. If practice is any indication, it seems like we're really in tune with what we've got in front of us and they seem like they are focused on what we've got to do."
The Wolverines, who are 19-6 overall, have won four of their last five games in advancing past Hollandale-Simmons and Strayhorn in the first two rounds.
East Webster out-scored Strayhorn 31-1 in the two games played last weekend.
When considering the next opponent, Johnson understands the level of competition steps up a notch.
Mantachie won Region 1, District 1 with a 10-0 mark and stands 17-5 overall.
"I've talked to several people about them," Johnson said. "They have got good pitching and are very aggressive at the plate. If we beat them, it will be because we played well. It won't be because they are not very good."
When he looks into the eyes of the Wolverines during preparation, Johnson likes what he sees.
"To me, they've got intentions on achieving that goal (of a state championship)," Johnson said. "Whether Mantachie will have very much to say whether we do or not remains to be seen, but we're ready for our part."

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