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Lady Wolverines look to start second round strong in softball

April 25, 2012

The East Webster High School softball team needed three games to make it to the second round of the Class 2A State playoffs.

Today it looks to get off on the right foot in the second round and be one game closer to the third round.

The Lady Wolverines host Strayhorn at 6 p.m tonight in the first game of a best of three series.

"I think they feel confident but not over-confident," East Webster head coach Meleah Brown said of her girls coming off a first-round win. "Just because they know on any given day anybody can beat anybody and I have told them that. Our hitting is getting better. Our defense still isn't where it needs to be. If our pitching shows up we will be fine."

Brown knows a little bit about Strayhorn and expects them to be a decent team.

"I heard their pitcher is not overpowering, but she is going to throw strikes," Brown said. "Their defense is pretty solid and their hitting is about average. They are not going to be a bad team."

The Lady Wolverines beat Bruce in the first round and learned little bit from that series.

Brown is hoping that her team applies that to this series and keeps learning from the playoffs.

"I think they learned that if we don't make errors and we don't walk people, we will win," Brown said. "Because our hitting is good enough that we can win just by making the routine plays and hitting the ball."
The Lady Wolverines travel to Strayhorn on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. If necessary, a game will follow at 4 p.m.

Eupora vs. Hatley

The Lady Eagles look to carry over the momentum of a first-round sweep of Potts Camp into the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

"They are really confident," Eupora head coach Trae Embry said of his team. "We played Hatley the for the North Half two years ago. We are both pretty familiar with each other. They are probably as confident as you can be. (We) had two good practices the last two days."

Hatley travels to Eupora (18-7) on Friday for a 5 p.m. first pitch in the second round.

Embry knows that Hatley has a good pitcher in Leslie Hudson and has seen her for a couple of years.

"(Hudson) has been pitching for them since the 8th grade," Embry said. "She does a great job. She keeps you off-balance and locates the ball very well."

As for his gameplan at the plate, Embry wants his girls to just put the ball in play and put the pressure on the Hatley defense.

"We are just going to have to make sure we put the ball in play," Embry said. "(Hudson) strikes out a lot. She is not going to walk you. (We need to) just put the ball in play and put pressure on them."

Eupora travels to Hatley on Saturday for game two with a first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. If necessary, the third game will follow.

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