WCHS baseball falls a run short against Cowboys

WEBSTER CITY – The corner had been turned, or so the Webster City baseball team thought.

Now the Lynx are back knocking on that door. Or maybe banging their heads against the wall.

After seeing their four-game win streak snapped by a one-run loss to Iowa Falls-Alden last Friday, WCHS again trudged off the diamond with a narrow setback last night at Lynx Field.

Clarion-Goldfield (11-12, 6-7 NCC) put up two runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth, and then held on for dear life down the stretch to topple WCHS, 5-4.

“It was a frustrating night,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “This feels like a couple of weeks ago where we were just knocking on the door and almost there … we know we can do it, we just didn’t do it (last night).”

WCHS (6-13, 4-8 NCC) was without the services of three starters. Alex Oswald is likely done for the season after suffering a knee injury two weeks ago. Ben Mossman also sat after injuring an ankle and Dylan Fielder was away at wrestling camp.

Pitchers Seth Crouthamel and Cameron Gordon combined to allow just three hits. But they walked a combined 11 Cowboy batters and hit two others.

Crouthamel took the loss after working the first 41?3 innings.

Trey Tesdahl accounted for two of the Lynx five hits. He opened their two-run rally in the seventh with a single. WCHS had the tying run at second when the game ended.

But 10 strikeouts left a bad taste in the mouth of Smock.

“We were kind of sloppy and striking out 10 times is never a good thing,” he said. “We liked the way we battled back though.”

Gordon added a single and RBI. Tyler Lockwood roped two base hits, and Doug Stoakes had one. Tanner Crouch also drove in a run.

WCHS will try to get back on track on Wednesday when it travels to Hampton-Dumont for a varsity doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.