’Cats spot Lynx lead, fight back to win

WEBSTER CITY – The Webster City baseball team keeps knocking.

And knocking. And knocking.

Eventually there will be an answer.

It just didn’t come last night.

Despite opening up a 5-0 lead after one inning and holding a 6-2 advantage after three, the Lynx watched Humboldt rally back to take a 10-8 North Central Conference victory last night at Lynx Field.

The Wildcats (11-4, 6-4 NCC) – who ended a two-game slide – scored eight runs in their last three at bats. They came through with three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead and then handed the ball over to Ben Jacobson to end it.

“It seems like a lot of bad things are happening to us,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said after his club dipped to 2-11 overall and 1-6 in the NCC. “We played so well to get those five runs early and then we’d scratch one across to keep the pressure on, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Dylan Fielder had a big game at the plate in the loss. He laced a first-inning two-RBI triple into the gap in right-center and then cranked a solo home run in the third. He finished with four RBIs.

Nelson Ball and Cal Zahn both smoked a double and collected one RBI. Ben Mossman delivered two hits; Trey Tesdahl, Doug Stoakes and Daniel Halko all had one.

Stoakes also drove in one run during the big first inning.

Stoakes came on in relief of starting pitcher Seth Crouthamel and accepted the loss. Crouthamel came back to the mound in the seventh.

WCHS will try to regroup tonight when it hosts Northeast Hamilton in a non-conference game at Lynx Field. The first pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.