Tigers use one big inning to put away Lynx, win by 10 runs

WEBSTER CITY – The Carroll baseball team needed just one inning to put Webster City back on its heels for good last night at Lynx Field.

Trailing 1-0, the Tigers erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning and despite being limited to just six hits they rolled to an 11-1 victory in 6 innings over the Lynx.

What could go wrong did go wrong for Webster City (0-2) in the top half of the fourth. Starting pitcher Doug Stoakes began to show signs of fatigue and the defense didn’t give him much help.

“The kids kept battling, but they’re young and when you give up seven runs you start to hang your heads,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “Doug threw well in the beginning, but he threw a lot of pitches. He was coming to the end of his rope in the fourth and that’s when some walks and the errors happened.”

WCHS committed four errors in the contest. Stoakes and relievers Dylan Fielder and Ben Mossman combined to issue seven walks and hit two batters.

Carroll (1-2) added three more runs in the fifth and tacked on another in the sixth.

The Lynx only run came in the bottom of the first on an RBI single off the bat of Stoakes. It brought Cal Zahn, aboard on a walk, racing to the dish.

Carroll hurler Cooper LaRue surrendered just two more hits – singles by Zahn and Mossman – in the complete-game three-hit gem.

Still, Smock remained upbeat.

“Even in a 10-run rule game, I feel like we’re close,” he said. “If we make a few players here and there and we keep it close you never know. But (Carroll) is a solid team. They hit the ball and made the plays.”

WCHS will have a week off before it resumes the season next Thursday at Forest City.