WCHS reaches dandy dozen against Algona
WEBSTER CITY – Tiffany Constable trots around the bases almost as much as anyone on the Webster City softball team, and she doesn’t even need to hit home runs.
She just gets on base. That’s it. And then she lets the big boppers behind her do the work.
Constable, the Lynx No. 2 hitter in the lineup, was 3-for-4 yesterday evening against Algona. She was on base when No. 3 stick Kaitlyn Biere bashed her 10th home run of the season in the first inning, and again in the sixth when clean-up hitter Mikaleh McCoy said see-ya for the fourth time in an 8-0 rout of the Bulldogs in North Central Conference action.
“It’s fun because I get to run around the bases too when they hit the home runs,” Constable said. “It’s really nice, actually.”
No. 15-ranked (Class 4A) WCHS smacked 14 hits, six coming in its four-run sixth inning that put the game out of reach.
Biere was also 3-for-4 against Algona pitcher Sarah Steinman. Kaylee Schnathorst went 2-for-4 with a triple in the lead-off slot, and Erin Anderson delivered a pair of base hits, including a two-out, two-RBI bouncer up the middle in the fifth inning that pushed the league-leading Lynx (18-6, 12-1 NCC) cushion to 4-0.
Six of their eight runs came with two outs.
“The girls did a good job of being patient,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “We did a lot of it with two outs, but I’d like to see us do that sooner.”
Biere’s first inning two-run tater to left-center cleared the fence by a country mile. She moved into a tie for fourth in the state in home runs and added to her 4A lead.
It remained 2-0 until Anderson came through in the clutch in the fifth. Her base hit brought Constable and courtesy runner Chelsey Wagoner around to score.
Algona (7-11, 4-8 NCC) turned a double play early in the sixth and appeared on its way to getting out of the inning unscathed.
But Schnathorst ignited the surge with a blast to center field that caromed off the fence, and she raced all the way around for a triple. She came home on Constable’s third line-drive single into left field.
Biere roped her third hit just a few pitches later, and that set the stage for McCoy, who went downstairs to golf a Steinman offering over the fence in left. It was the Lynx 21st home run as a team, which put them tied for seventh in the state.
Maddie Anderson followed McCoy with a shot between third and short for the fifth consecutive hit in the inning.
Algona collected four hits off Biere, who tossed her 10th shutout of the season and ran her scoreless innings streak to 17. She struck out nine to gobble up her 91st career victory.
WCHS played flawless defense behind Biere as well.
“Anytime you start the week off, you’ve got to come out strong and you hope you don’t have any errors,” Howard said. “The girls did a good job of making the routine plays look routine.”
WCHS will now turn its attention to tonight’s showdown with fourth-ranked (2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond at Lynx Field. The Gaels also have just one conference loss and handed the Lynx their lone NCC setback last week.
The winner will be in the driver’s seat in the race for the crown.
“We know it’s a big game,” Constable said. “We kind of psyched ourselves out last time, so we just have to play better as a team.”