WEBSTER CITY – The big lumber stayed in the shed last night at Lynx Field.
It wasn’t needed.
Rather than try to pile up runs with one shot, the Webster City softball team dink and dunked its way to a 12-4 victory over North Central Conference rival Clear Lake.
The Lynx rattled off 10 hits – all singles – and eight players got in on the fun. They pulled the ball when it was thrown inside, ripped it up the middle when a pitch was over the plate, and went to the opposite field when Lions’ hurler Reagan Brackey tried to sneak a pitch across the outside corner.
“The girls did a good job of keeping their weight back and hitting the ball hard,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said.
Speedster Allie Flaws went 2-for-3, scored three runs, drove in two more and stole two bases at the top of the order. The two-time state track medalist has switched to the left side of the plate this season to make better use of her wheels and it paid off last night.
“As soon as last season was over we switched (Flaws) over and she’s taken to it really well,” Howard said. “If she can put the ball in play it’s going to be tough to get her out.”
Cassidy Nerland collected a pair of hits out of the No. 8 slot in the lineup. Abbey Fuhs, Mikaleh McCoy, Kaylee Schnathorst, Hannah Myers and Kennedy Highland all finished with one base hit.
The Lynx used their speed to steal nine bases. Schnathorst piled up three, including in the third inning when she was credited with stealing home on a missed suicide squeeze bunt attempt.
WCHS (1-1, 1-0 NCC) scored in five of its six at bats. Flaws opened the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second and raced around to score on Fuhs’ RBI sacrifice bunt.
Flaws added a two-RBI base hit to left field in the second, part of a four-run frame – all with two outs. Highland and Fuhs also roped RBI singles to up the Lynx edge to 5-0.
The only hiccup defensively came in the third, which led to four Clear Lake runs. WCHS committed three of its four errors in the inning and Carney Frahm made the Lynx pay with a two-run double into the gap in right-center.
But Clear Lake (0-2, 0-2 NCC) was silenced the rest of the way. Getting her first start of the season in the circle, McCoy sat down 13 of the final 16 batters she faced. The tall right-hander allowed five hits and struck out six. Only two of the Lions’ runs were earned.
“She did a good job,” Howard said of McCoy’s effort. “The inning that they scored all of their runs, it wasn’t because they were over-powering us. She was getting grounders and if we can start making those plays she’s going to be very effective for us.”
WCHS added plenty of insurance with three-run spurts in the fourth and sixth innings.
McCoy drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Myers and Boyd smacked back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth – an inning in which WCHS stole five bases to get into scoring position.
WCHS will be back on its home diamond Friday night to take on Algona in another league battle. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.