BLUFORD — Webber used a patient approach early in a 17-3 blowout win against Noble/Clay City on Tuesday.
Webber racked up 10 walks and cruised to a 15-1 lead to put the game out of reach early. The first four batters for Webber walked as Noble's hurler struggled to consistently find the strike zone. Webber scored nine times in the opening frame and tacked on six more in the second.
“You have to have plate discipline,” Webber coach Sam Root said. “Their kid struggled to find the plate, and that really slows the game down. It makes it tough.”
The Trojans mixed in several hits around the walks. The middle of the order powered the Trojans. Seniors Gage Raudenbush and Lane Moser combined for four hits, two walks and eight RBI.
“That's two seniors that have bat three, four for us all year, and they usually give us a good approach up there,” Root said. “They've been two of three or four guys that have led us all year.”
Leadoff hitter Zane Austin chipped in two hits, two walks and two RBI. He reached safely in all four of his plate appearances.
Raudenbush started the game and pitched three innings for the victory. Freshman Jaxon Helm threw the final two innings.
Noble scored in the second and added another run in the third after a botched Webber rundown. The Wildcats' final tally came in the fifth and final inning.
Root said the team is still trying to focus on the game and improving even with a large lead. The comfortable cushion also allows him to see how different players reaction to other positions on the diamond.
“We're still trying to play the game the right way,” Root said. “You're hustling. You're still trying to take a good approach at the plate.”
Webber is 12-6 overall this season and 5-0 in the Midland Trail Conference.