SLUMP BUSTER: Lynx tear through Trojans, end 6-game slide
WEBSTER CITY – They walk the hallways together from August to May, but sat on opposite sides of the diamond on a muggy June night yesterday at Lynx Field.
Some of the players may be friends, but that didn’t stop them from turning up the intensity.
And it came at the exact right time for the team desperate to have something, anything go well.
Webster City put two weeks worth of frustrations in the rearview mirror following a dominant 10-0 victory in 5 innings over Northeast Hamilton in a non-conference baseball contest. The Lynx ended a six-game losing streak and they did it with a flair, scoring multiple runs in the second, third and fourth innings to put the game well out of reach.
Eight different players scratched out at least one hit and nine touched home plate. WCHS (3-11) roped 11 hits – all hard-hit singles – off Trojans’ junior right-hander Logan Seiser.
“We definitely needed this one. We just needed to go out there, play hard and play loose and have fun, and the guys did that,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “We were firing on all cylinders and if we keep that intensity we can play with anybody on the rest of our schedule. It’s just whether we’re going to do it or not.”
The run support was more than enough for junior right-handed pitcher Dylan Fielder, who threw the ball right by NEH (4-7) all night. Fielder needed just 70 pitches – mostly fastballs – to twirl a one-hit, eight-strikeout gem.
“Dylan was very strong,” Smock said. “He wasn’t going deep in counts on guys and had a lot of strikeouts.”
The Trojans’ only base runners came on three walks and an error until Tyler Smith broke up Fielder’s no-hit bid with a base hit between third and short with two outs in the top of the fifth.
WCHS plated three runs in the top of the third to surge ahead for good. Cal Zahn had the only hit in the frame and Trey Tesdahl followed with an RBI ground-out; WCHS took advantage of three NEH errors and a walk to add to the cushion.
Fielder, Doug Stoakes and Alex Oswald laced three straight one-out base knocks in the third inning; Fielder came around to score on Oswald’s liner into left. Stoakes pushed the lead to 5-0 on an RBI sacrifice fly to deep left by Daniel Halko.
The floodgate opened in the fourth, as WCHS plated four unearned runs to move in front 9-0. Nelson Ball, Ben Mossman and Oswald all had hits in the inning. Oswald’s shot the other way into right brought a run home.
Tesdahl ended the game with one out in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI shot to center. It brought Seth Crouthamel, who singled two batters earlier, around from second with the Lynx 10th run.
Oswald, Ball and Mossman were all 2-for-3 at the dish, and Tesdahl and Oswald both finished with two RBIs.
Seiser walked one and struck out two. Only five of the Lynx runs were earned; NEH committed four errors.
WCHS will stay at home this evening to take on 10th-ranked (Class 1A) Algona Bishop Garrigan in North Central Conference play. NEH will head to Clarksville today for an Iowa Star Conference clash.