H-D’s Miller mows down Lynx bats, tosses shutout
WEBSTER CITY – Bailey Miller camped out on the outside corner of the plate and really never moved Friday night at Lynx Field.
If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
Hampton-Dumont’s hard-throwing sophomore right-handed pitcher overpowered the bulk of the Webster City lineup, as he tossed a complete-game four-hitter in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 North Central Conference victory.
Hampton-Dumont (4-4, 1-3 NCC) broke up the scoreless game with a run in the sixth inning and added an insurance run in the seventh, but it was Miller who really carried the team on his shoulders.
“He was better than us (Friday night),” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said of Miller. “He’s definitely good, but we made it hard on ourselves because when he threw that fastball we just watched it
“Anytime you’re in conference play and you strike out as much as we did, you’re in trouble.”
With nice pop on his fastball and a hard-breaking curve that went down and away from right-handed hitters, Miller fanned 11 batters against no walks.
Trey Tesdahl and Doug Stoakes were the only Lynx batters to find success against Miller. Tesdahl was 3-for-3, while Stoakes caught up to a fastball and hammered it up the middle for a single.
Miller owned the bottom of the WCHS (4-2, 1-2 NCC) lineup. The Lynx Nos. 6 through 9 hitters were a combined 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts.
“We’ve just got to put the ball in play,” Smock said. “Some of the guys are consistently stinging (the ball), but we’ve got to get production one through nine.”
WCHS starting pitcher Cam Gordon was the equalizer to Miller through five innings. He allowed just one hit and sat down seven straight during one stretch.
Gordon labored in the fifth before working out of a jam, but he wasn’t so lucky in the sixth. He walked Brandon Westendorf to lead off the inning and then plunked Miller before handing the ball over to reliever Daniel Halko.
After a strikeout, Dalton Hanson lined a base hit to score Westendorf with the game-winning run.
The Bulldogs tacked on an unearned run in the seventh.
Gordon and Halko limited Hampton-Dumont to just three hits, but they walked six, two of which turned into the only runs.
“Cam and Daniel pitched well … they got a couple of key hits and we didn’t,” Smock said. “Six walks isn’t horrible, but in a close game it’s too many.”
Gordon struck out two and took the loss. Halko whiffed three in two innings of work.
The Lynx only real scoring threat came in the third when they put runners at first and third with one out. But Bulldogs’ catcher Cesar Baez caught Cal Zahn leading too far off third and picked him off.
WCHS will travel to Eagle Grove this evening for a league clash against the Eagles at 7:30 p.m.
DONS GET BY WCHS BASEBALL: No. 7-ranked (Class 1A) Don Bosco scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning and held on to beat Webster City, 2-1, on Saturday during the first round of the Roland-Story Invitational in Story City.
The rest of the tournament was washed out by the rain.
Seth Crouthamel gave up just six hits and struck out two in a losing effort.
Don Bosco (7-0) hurler Travis Havel fanned 10. WCHS lashed five hits; Drew Fielder and Ben Mossman both went 2-for-3, and Cal Zahn was 1-for-4. Mossman scored the lone run on an RBI hit by Fielder.