Eagles put on rally caps, stun Lynx by a run

WEBSTER CITY – The season so far has been one frustration after another for the Webster City baseball team.

Last night took the cake though.

Ahead 7-5 going into the last inning, the Lynx watched Eagle Grove rally with three runs in the top of the seventh and then get out of a bases-loaded jam in the last half of the frame to steal an 8-7 North Central Conference victory at Lynx Field.

WCHS out hit the Eagles, 11-8, and led for almost the entire game. But that meant little afterwards.

“We’re getting better and we’re so close that everybody can taste it, but that’s probably giving the kids a bitter taste right now,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “It’s extremely frustrating right now, and I don’t think I put the kids in the best position to win (last night), so I’m as much to blame.”

Ben Mossman was the tough-luck loser on the mound for the Lynx (0-5, 0-2 NCC). He went the distance and struck out 12 while allowing six earned runs.

“Ben was really on,” Smock said. “He was extremely effective through five.”

Mossman, Doug Stoakes, Alex Oswald, Tyler Lockwood and Trey Tesdahl all laced two hits.

Oswald delivered a two-out, two-run single in the first inning and Dylan Fielder followed with a two-RBI double to stake WCHS to a 4-0 lead.

Eagle Grove (3-4, 1-2 NCC) sliced the lead in half with two unearned runs in the second.

WCHS answered with two runs in the third on a two-run base knock by Lockwood, and Mossman increased the lead to 7-3 in the fourth on an RBI double.

The Lynx will try to claim that elusive first win again tonight when they host non-conference foe Saydel at 7:30 p.m.