EWHS girls bring home State trophy
By Lisa Voyles
RIDGELAND – The East Webster Lady Wolverines have a healthy history in softball playoffs and bringing home State trophies and added another one to the school trophy case last Saturday going all three games of their series with Enterprise-Clark and getting the series win.
The Lady Wolverines took a 3-6 loss May 17, setting them up in a do-or-die position for Saturday’s match and the Cumberland girls responded to the challenge.
The Lady Wolverines battled through the second game, tying the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth and held the Enterprise girls three-up, three-down in the sixth inning.
Both teams went scoreless through the seventh inning to force extra innings and it took until the ninth for the Lady Wolverines to break through. Alaina Hill looped a single just over the pitcher’s mound to score the winning run, 6-5, and set up Game Three.
Hill also had a key hit in the third game as the Lady Wolverines went into the seventh inning down 0-1. With two out in the bottom of the frame, Hill doubled to reach and set up the tying run. Katie Gordon, Kendall Wilkinson and Mamie Hollenhead all singled to put the Cumberland girls up 3-1 for the win and the championship.
Hollenhead said the come-from-behind win, “feels great right now. We knew what we had to do from teh very beginning and we played our hearts out every inning. Every inning was hard but we had faith and we had heart and that’s what kept us in the games.”
Catcher Autumn Frost said the key to capturing the win was never giving up.
“We went into the second game wanting to win more than ever,” Frost said. “The second game assured us that we could take home the win. We all gave 100 percent the entire series. Knowing that we left it all out on the field and we gave all the glory to God makes the victory that much sweeter.”
The Lady Wolverines brought home State titles in division 1A in 2007, 2008 and 2009 but haven’t made the final championship game since moving to 2A in 2010 – until this year.