Webb City aims to advance to final four

The Cardinals will face Bolivar in the state quarterfinals Thursday night.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The Webb City Cardinals have a chance to move on to the final four on Thursday night.

“It’s been our goal since the beginning of the season,” says catcher Kaylyn Gilbert, “As soon as we stepped on the field for our first day of practice, our goal was to get to state.”

Last season Webb City was knocked out of the tournament in heart-breaker, falling to Ray-Pec on a walk-off home run in the sectional round.

“We fell short my freshman year, sophomore year and junior year,” says senior Haidyn Berry, “It means a lot to be able to be here. We’re going to finish this year.”

Webb City has been getting it done in all aspects this year with Berry as the catalyst in the circle.

Berry is 23-5 with 206 strikeouts in 172 innings this year.

“Haidyn is definitely our leader on the field,” says Webb City head coach Shauna Friend, “She’s a great team leader and great teammate. That’s just as important as being able to perform.”

“Every time she steps out there, you know what her goal is,” Gilbert says of her pitcher, “She’s never slacking or giving just 50% or anything. She’s always just 110% percent in every time.”

They can also hit.

The Cardinals have five batters hitting over .400, and six who have driven in more than 20 runs on the year.

“Offensively, you just never know who is going to come through,” Friend says of her lineup, “That’s a great feeling, to always have confidence in whoever is at the plate.”

“We’re just never worried about it. We always know if you’re down, the next person is going to pick you up,” Gilbert says, “You’re never worried that you’re going to get down or anything, because you always know that all the way through the lineup, you’re going to have people giving their best to put runs on the board.”

While they have the talent and the stats it’s the chemistry the team believes will get them over the hump this year in the playoffs.

“It’s a good ball club, good atmosphere,” Berry adds, “We’re all family here. I’m just thankful to be able to play with this ball club.”

“I’ve been playing with a lot of these girls since I was eight years old. They’ve been my best friends forever,” Gilbert finishes, “We’ve always had that connection, and we have that connection on the field too. It carries over. We all know what we’re doing and we all have the same goal in mind. We’re all just ready to get out here and be our best.”

Webb City’s game against Bolivar will begin at 5 PM Thursday night in Webb City. The winner advances to play in the state semifinals on Saturday afternoon.