WEBSTER CITY – The scouting report is out on the Webster City softball team and there’s one red flag that all North Central Conference teams must notice.
If you want to beat the Lynx then you better be ready to score some runs.
A lot of runs.
No one has been up to the challenge yet, and that includes Hampton-Dumont, which was steamrolled by WCHS, 12-2 in 5 innings, Friday evening at Lynx Field.
WCHS (7-2, 5-0 NCC) has already scored 49 runs in league play and averages an NCC-best 9.8 runs per game. The Lynx currently sit tied atop the standings with 13th-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond (7-1, 5-0 NCC). The two front runners will meet on Wednesday in Webster City.
“It make the game exciting,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said of her explosive offense. “We’ve got runners on (base) most of the innings and they’re aggressive runners. If we can continue to keep teams on their toes we’ll be pretty effective.”
Eight girls had at least one hit and five finished with multiple hits in the shellacking of Hampton-Dumont (3-4, 2-4 NCC). Bulldogs’ pitcher Ashlyn Hansen had no answer for the Lynx, who tagged her for 16 hits – all singles.
Allie Flaws and Abbey Fuhs both went 3-for-4 and stole two bases in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots in the lineup. Fuhs drove in two runs, while Flaws plated one.
Kaylee Schnathorst was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the clean-up spot and Maddie Anderson laced two hits right behind her. Down at No. 7 in the order, Catie Boyd went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
“Any one of them can do anything for us right now.” Howard said of her lineup. “We’ve got girls that can do the small ball for us and we’ve got girls that can hit the long ball. It’s working well with the way we’ve got them in the lineup and hopefully we can keep that up throughout the season.”
WCHS broke a 1-1 tie with seven runs in the second inning. The first eight batters reached base; Kenady Highland, Flaws and Fuhs slapped consecutive singles to start the onslaught.
The game ended via the mercy rule on a Cassidy Nerland RBI base knock to right field in the fifth.
WCHS again showed off its speed with 10 stolen bases. Howard’s club has swiped 47 while being throw out just twice in nine games.
Mikaleh McCoy, who was 1-for-4 with an RBI at the dish, again took the win in the circle. The tall right hander struck out two and allowed just four hits while improving to 6-1 overall on the season.
WCHS will be at Eagle Grove on Monday for a 7:30 p.m. varsity game.
LYNX SOFTBALL TRIPPED UP BY PCM: Kaylee Schnathorst blasted a two-run home run for the Webster City softball team during the opening round of the Bondurant-Farrar Invitational on Saturday in Bondurant, but it wasn’t enough.
Prairie City-Monroe scored a run in the bottom of the seventh frame for a walk-off 3-2 win.
The remainder of the tournament was cancelled because of rain.
Schnathorst hit her second dinger of the season in the fourth inning. She also singled.
Maddie Anderson laced a double, and Hannah Myers and Cassidy Nerland added singles.
Mikaleh McCoy gave up five hits and a pair of earned runs in the loss. She walked two and struck out four.