By DANNY P. SMITH
HOUSTON – The East Webster Wolverines broke the postgame huddle Saturday afternoon with a specific message for future opponents. "All the way."
There was certainly nothing the Strayhorn Mustangs could do to slow down the Wolverines.
East Webster out-scored Strayhorn 31-1 the last two days, including Saturday's 15-0 victory in five innings to win the Class 2A second-round playoff series 2-0.
The Wolverines said it was important to play well and advance no matter the opponent.
"We were going out there just trying to take care of business," East Webster junior Codie Silver said. "When you play teams like (Strayhorn), you've got to rely on your fundamentals and play the game the way it's supposed to be played."
The Wolverines scored five runs in the first inning, four more in the third and six in the fourth which was more than enough for the pitching of Silver, Ty Hendrix and Conner Burton.
East Webster coach Wes Johnson was proud that his team left nothing to question in the two games.
"A lot of times we get ahead four or five runs, we tend to lose concentration," Johnson said. "Strayhorn had a young team, but both days, we did a good job of maintaining concentration, going on and finishing the game out."
The Wolverines accomplished their five-run first inning by only using one hit, a misplayed double off the bat of Nich Morrow that drove in Hayden Hendrix.
In the third inning, East Webster had three hits to score four runs. Silver drove in one run with a single and a ground-out by Brennan Sparks allowed Silver to cross the plate.
The Wolverines put the game away in the fourth with six runs on five hits. Sparks had a two-run single, while Jamie McKee added an RBI double and Austin Halford had an RBI single.
Halford had two singles to lead the nine-hit attack for East Webster with doubles by Jamie McKee and Morrow being the only extra base hits.
Silver, Ty Hendrix and Burton combined to pitch a one-hitter for the Wolverines. Silver pitched three perfect innings, while Ty Hendrix had a scoreless fourth frame and Burton finished up the game in the fifth.
"I didn't realize (Silver) had a perfect game or I would have left him out there," Johnson said. "We did the same thing (Friday) and got three guys some work. That's what we're going to do is get everybody ready for the next round next Friday."
The home game of the series for East Webster was played at the Houston High School baseball field.
Johnson isn't sure where the next designated home game will be, but if Houston will have the Wolverines, they would love to be back.
"This is where we'd like to play," Johnson said. "They have been good to me and good to our boys."
The Wolverines, who improved their record to 19-6, meet Mantachie in the next round.