By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
RIDGELAND – Alaina Hill may get a street named after her in Cumberland. The junior’s two biggest hits of the season led East Webster to the 2013 MHSAA Class 2A championship.
Scoreless in the seventh inning of the deciding third game on Saturday, Hill doubled with two outs. Katie Gordon, Kendall Wilkinson and Mamie Hollenhead followed with back-to-back-to-back RBI singles in a 3-1 win over Enterprise-Clarke.
Hill had already saved the day to force a Game 3 at Ridgeland’s Freedom Ridge Park. Her bloop single gave East Webster a 6-5 win in the second extra inning of Game 2.
“We had an 11⁄2-hour break in the hot sun. Both teams were just tired. It just came down to who broke through first,” East Webster coach Lee Berryhill said. “It just so happened we did it in the seventh inning. It just came down to heart.”
East Webster (22-7) freshman pitcher Bailie Springfield cruised in the third game, allowing two Enterprise (19-14) hits, the lone run on a sac fly in the bottom of the seventh.
After losing the opener of the best-of-three series on Friday, East Webster led Game 2 4-0 before allowing Enterprise five runs in the fifth.
“We just battled and battled. It came down to heart in that second game,” Berryhill said.
It is East Webster’s first title since winning four straight from 2006-09. Springfield, who improved to 20-5 on the season, had a double with one out in the sixth, but Enterprise starter Hayleigh Harper escaped the damage.
Brittany Hagwood singled with one out in the sixth for Enterprise, but was erased on a double play.
Hill said her approach in her last at-bat was simple.
“I really just wanted to get on base,” she said. “It felt good.”