Titans score two runs in bottom of sixth to rally for narrow win over Lynx

LYTTON – Webster City pitchers Daniel Halko and Dylan Fielder combined for a one-hitter here last night in the Lynx season opener.

And yet Webster City still came home with a loss.

South Central Calhoun made the most of its only hit, as Tanner Toms laced a two-run single in the last half of the sixth inning to give his team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory.

It was a stinging loss for WCHS head coach Troy Smock in his debut, but he also felt there were plenty of positives.

“It was frustrating at the end obviously, but we did a lot of good things,” Smock said. “We only had two errors and that’s not bad in a high school game, and those two errors didn’t end up costing us much.”

Halko, a sophomore, threw five innings of no-hit baseball. He struck out seven but also walked six, one of which led to a Titans’ run in the opening inning.

South Central Calhoun (1-1) hurler Nathan Christensen went the distance to collect the victory. He offered up just four hits – all singles – and struck out eight.

“They had a good pitcher on the mound and Daniel did a pretty nice job, too,” Smock said.

Cal Zahn, Nelson Ball, Doug Stoakes and Tyler Lockwood accounted for the Lynx hits. Stoakes drove in a run on a ground out in the first inning and Ball’s base knock led to the go-ahead run in the fifth.

But WCHS (0-1) was its own worst enemy on the base paths. The Lynx were picked off twice, throw out twice while attempting to take a base on passed balls, and gunned down once while trying to stretch a single into a double.

“When you have five guys taken off the bases in one game, that will hurt you,” Smock said. “Those base running mistakes cost us.”

The Lynx will try again on Thursday when they make their home debut against Carroll at 7:30 p.m.