Prep Diamond Briefs

WCHS softball blasts way to 2nd at B-F

BONDURANT – A torrential downpour was pretty much all that could stop the Webster City softball team on Saturday at the Bondurant-Farrar Invite.

The opposing pitching sure couldn’t do it.

With a seemingly endless supply of power, the Lynx beat Prairie City-Monroe, 5-2, and third-ranked (Class 3A) Bondurant-Farrar, 7-4, to reach the championship game. They led No. 5 (3A) Clarke, 3-1, when the rain came in the top of the sixth inning, and Clarke scored six runs en route to a 9-4 victory.

Still, a runner-up finish had head coach Jess Howard beaming.

“This is the best I’ve had a team play on a Saturday since I’ve been coaching in Webster City,” she said. “Our defense was great … the errors that we did make in that Clarke game came in the sixth inning when it was a downpour. The rain really decided that game.”

Senior Kaitlyn Biere went 6-for-10 at the plate during the three-game set. She cranked three home runs – two against Bondurant-Farrar and one against Clarke – laced a double and drove in eight runs.

Sophomore Mikaleh McCoy also sent a shot out of the park in the win over the host Bluejays.

WCHS had 20 hits in all, seven going for extra bases. Kaylee Schnathorst ripped a lead-off triple and stole home in the win over Bondurant-Farrar; Allie Flaws had a double against PCM.

“That’s the best I’ve had a team hit since I’ve been in Webster City,” Howard said. “Even the girls that weren’t getting actual hits were hitting it solid. There were shots coming off the bat all day long and it was good to see the girls do that against good pitching.”

Biere, a four-time all-state pitcher, picked up victories over PCM and Bondurant-Farrar. But Howard chose to give McCoy a game in the circle against Clarke.

“We have eight games in six days (this) week and we just decided it wasn’t worth it to burn (Biere) out on a tournament game,” Howard said. “Both Mikaleh and Biere did a good job.”

Lynx baseball clipped by Gilbert, 7-6

STORY CITY – A Jake Rhoads double led to the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Gilbert knocked off Webster City, 7-6, at Saturday’s Roland-Story Norsemen Invite.

WCHS ripped 10 hits; Nelson Ball had three, including a double, and he drove in three runs. Ben Mossman had a single, double and RBI.

Doug Stoakes pitched the initial six innings. He allowed four earned runs while walking five and striking out seven.

Mossman came on in the seventh and took the loss.

Hawks make nine errors, lose to Ballard

STORY CITY – A five-run first inning gave the South Hamilton baseball team hope, but Ballard quickly put those hopes to rest in a 15-5, 5-inning rout of the Hawks at Saturday’s Roland-Story Norsemen Invite.

The Bombers scored four times in their half of the first and added three runs in the second and seven in the third to put the contest out of reach.

Landon Quam laced a two-RBI single and Trevor Ullestad added a RBI base knock for the Hawks in the first. Justin Shepherd and Lane Heinlein also singled.

The Hawks committed nine errors in the contest.

SH softball wins 2 of 3, places 5th

HUDSON – The South Hamilton softball team went 2-1 and placed fifth at Saturday’s Hudson Invitational.

The Hawks dropped a 4-2 contest to top-ranked (Class 1A) Don Bosco in the opening round, but rebounded to top South Tama, 2-1, and Dike-New Hartford, 11-2.

Brittany Nicholson smacked a two-run home run in the third inning against South Tama. She also had a double in the contest.

Kayla Lucas and Kayla Carlson both ripped two singles against Dike-New Hartford.

Trojets drop two at Clarksville tourney

CLARKSVILLE – The Northeast Hamilton softball team dropped a pair of contests at Saturday’s Clarksville Invitational.

Aplington-Parkersburg claimed a 4-0 win to send the Trojets to the backside of the bracket. West Fork put up 10 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 12-0 win in 5 innings.

NEH had nine hits in the two-game series. Greenfield had the team’s only extra base hit – a double in the loss to West Fork.