Title within sight: Lynx whip C-G, one win away from NCC crown
WEBSTER CITY – Kaitlyn Biere couldn’t fight back the tears as her name was called and she walked onto the infield dirt one final time with her parents by her side yesterday evening at Lynx Field.
For five years that has been her field. She’s owned it, more or less.
And so she went out and proved it one final time.
Following a pregame Senior Night ceremony that honored Biere and classmates Tiffany Constable and Erin Anderson, the all-state pitcher stepped into the circle and flogged Clarion-Goldfield in North Central Conference play.
Biere authored another no-hitter – she has no idea how many she’s thrown during her prep years, but it’s plenty – and struck out 10 in a 10-0, 5-inning victory for 12th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City.
The Lynx (22-6, 15-1 NCC) can clinch a share of the league championship – their 17th in the last 25 years – on Wednesday at Hampton-Dumont. They’ll win it outright with victories over the Bulldogs and Algona Bishop Garrigan on Friday.
Biere fanned the first five batters of the game. She lost her perfect game bid when she walked Brooke Boyd to lead-off the fourth, but she promptly whiffed the next three Cowgirls (4-16, 0-13 NCC).
“Kaitlyn did a good job of throwing hard like she always does,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said after her team won its eighth consecutive contest. “She was moving her ball, getting her change-up in there and she just made them work for everything they put in play.”
It was the 95th victory of Biere’s career. She also upped her career strikeout total to 957.
Kaylee Schnathorst supplied the lumber at the top of the Lynx lineup, as she singled and scored in the first inning and then jumped on a two-strike pitch from Sydney Terhark in the second inning and sent it out of the park via left field. The two-run shot was her fifth of the season.
“It was good to see her in that lead-off position get on base every single time,” Howard said of Schnathorst. “That’s what we need to see from her.”
Maddie Anderson, Mikaleh McCoy and Hannah Myers all went 2-for-3 and combined for four doubles.
Maddie Anderson smoked a pitch over third base and down the line for an RBI double in the first frame. She added another RBI shot in the third.
Allie Flaws added a base hit and RBI. WCHS finished with 11 hits.
The evening’s festivities began with the induction of Jane (Teubert) Pruismann and Jenny (Wirtz) Cherry into the Webster City Athletics Hall of Fame. Pruismann pitched the Lynx to the 1988 state championship, while Cherry is one of only two WCHS pitchers to ever win 100 games.