ELLISTOWN – Year after year, the East Webster Lady Wolverines have had East Union’s number in softball playoffs. The Lady Urchins would inch closer and closer to the perennial softball powerhouse, but just couldn’t quite pull off the series win until Monday and Tuesday as the Lady Urchins won the 2A softball series 2-1.
East Union won Monday’s game one in a late-inning comeback, 7-5. In game two on Tuesday, the Lady Urchins fell 3-1 on a seventh inning comeback by East Webster to force a deciding game three immediately following.
The Lady Urchins blew game three open with a six-run second inning and went on to run-rule the Lady Wolverines 13-3 in five innings.
“Callie Frazier threw 12 innings, never asked for a break, did not walk a person, did not hit anyone” East Union head coach Josh Blythe said. “She held a pretty dead gum good offensive ball club to six runs in over 12 innings. Everybody knows East Webster and knows what Coach Berryhill has done with this program is the pinnacle, he’s a fantastic man. Just to come out here and compete against him is awesome, I wish there were more guys like him in the profession.”
Frazier also had a huge game three at the plate, collecting three hits and driving in four runs, including the walk-off two RBI double that drove in Kaitie Boatner and Raelee Bell to end the contest in five innings.
The second inning was the key to the Lady Urchins win as 11 batters went to the plate, pounding out five hits, plus utilizing two walks a hit batter to score six runs. Those players collecting RBIs were Emily Coggin with two, Rebecca Sheffield, Frazier, Boatner and Bell which gave East Union a big 7-1 advantage.
“I’ve got to give a shoutout to Mr. Jimmy Wigginton,” Blythe said. “He came to me and said Coach I think we need to choke up on the bats and I told him that I’m fixing to tell them (team). Mr. Wig was right so I want to give him credit so that he can hang that up in his room because he did it.”
This all came after Frazier had put East Union on the scoreboard in the first with her RBI driving in Bell to tie the game at 1-1.
East Union scored again in the fourth as Frazier walked and Jessie Roberts came on to pinch run and later score. Sallie Pannell followed Frazier with a single and was driven in by Sheffield.
East Union entered the bottom of the fifth with a 9-3 lead, needing four runs to end the contest by run-rule. Bell delivered a two-RBI single to put the Lady Urchins up 11-3 and Frazier followed two batters later with the walk-off two RBI double.
“How about our crowd and our community coming together?” Blythe said. “They are just itching for something to cheer about and how about our kids? We led the whole game in the earlier game and just didn’t get it done. We could have laid over after they scored and went up 1-0 (game three), but boom we came back and answered to tie it at 1-1, then put up a six-spot and got some breathing room.”
East Webster 3, East Union 1 (game two)
East Webster scored three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to sneak by the Lady Urchins for the win in game two of the 2A series. The Lady Wolverines had three consecutive RBI by Jennah Pate, Jessica Davis and Emily Nason during the frame.
The Lady Urchins had a runner in scoring position in the seventh as Pannell led off with a double, East Webster was able to retire the next three batters to preserve the win.
East Union’s only run came in the fourth as Bell singled, stole second and scored on an error in the outfield on a ball hit by Frazier.
East Union 7, East Webster 5 (game one)
East Union had never beaten East Webster at the Lady Wolverines home venue, but the Lady Urchins came from behind to take the 7-5 game one win.
East Union took their first lead and held it, in the sixth inning as Colby Stafford led off with a double. Jessie Roberts came in to pinch run and moved to third as Hannah White reached on an error.
Kallie Roberts drove in Jessie with her fielders choice RBI groundout to tie the game at 5-5. White later scored on a wild pitch to put the Lady Urchins up a run at 6-5.
East Webster threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Jessica Aron singled, but Rebecca Sheffield caught the hard liner to second and doubled up the runner at first to end the inning.
East Union added an insurance run in the seventh as Emily Coggin singled and was followed by Callie Frazier’s single. Sallie Pannell drove in Coggin with her RBI single to give East Union the 7-5 lead.