Sneak Preview: Toreadors cruise in battle of district rivals

WEBSTER CITY – The chances to make the scoreboard light up were there. But, for whatever reason, the bats stayed silent when they needed to bring the noise.

Webster City stranded 11 runners on the base paths, seven in scoring position, last night against future Class 3A District 13 semifinal-round opponent Boone at Lynx Field. Time and time again, the Toreadors got the outs when they needed them, including in the seventh inning when they worked their way out of a bases loaded jam, in a 7-1 victory over the Lynx.

“We can get guys on, but we’re that one big hit away,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said after his club’s third consecutive loss. “When we go down looking with runners in scoring position, to me that’s the most frustrating thing. You’ve got to use that $300 bat in your hands.”

Boone right-hander Bret Kinne put himself in some tough spots – he walked four and hit three batters – but never offered the Lynx (7-17) the chance to erupt. Kinne struck out four and allowed just three hits in the complete-game victory.

Trey Tesdahl accounted for two of the Lynx hits. He laced a two-out RBI single into left-center in the second inning that plated Doug Stoakes with the team’s only run. He also singled to lead-off the seventh.

Ben Mossman added an infield single in the first. He fought off an inside pitch from Kinne and knuckled it towards second baseman Dusty Moran.

“The biggest thing with Trey and Ben right now is they’re putting the ball in play,” Smock said. “Sometimes they reach on an error and sometimes it finds a way to get down … those two guys are really leading us right now.”

WCHS starting pitcher Dylan Fielder put himself in trouble in the first inning. Three walks and a hit batter led to two Boone runs.

Doug Stoakes took over for Fielder in the third and proceeded to sit down the first six batters he faced, three on strikes. But Boone (19-7) touched him for four runs in the fifth to build its lead to 6-1. Tanner Lindmark delivered the dagger – a two-run double to right that was just out of the reach of Lynx outfielder Seth Crouthamel.

However, only one of the Toreadors’ four runs in the frame was earned. An early error kept the inning alive for Lindmark to inflict the pain.

“You can’t give outs away,” Smock said. “Those things happen, but when they do happen you don’t beat teams like Boone or Clear Lake or (Bishop) Garrigan.”

Boone tacked on another run in the sixth on an RBI sacrifice fly by Brett Slight, who drove in two runs in the game.

Toreador lead-off stick Dylan McDowell was a thorn in the Lynx side all night. He went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored three runs and stole two bases.

Fielder took the loss; he allowed two hits and two runs in his two innings. Stoakes went 2 2/3, giving up four hits while striking out four. Seth Crouthamel finished it off, as the lefty surrendered just one hit and one run over 2 1/3.

Boone is 2-0 against WCHS this season. The Toreadors won 8-1 in Boone on June 13.

The third meeting, in the postseason, will take place in Boone on Friday, July 19.

The Lynx will return to North Central Conference play tonight at Eagle Grove. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.