Eagles put a scare into NCC-leading Lynx late

EAGLE GROVE – Webster City received offensive production from all nine players in the lineup and the Lynx needed every hit to fend off Eagle Grove in a North Central Conference softball contest that went down to the final pitch.

WCHS built a 6-3 lead after six innings, but Eagle Grove scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run on second when Lynx pitcher Mikaleh McCoy recorded the final out on a strikeout for a 6-5 victory.

WCHS (8-3, 6-0 NCC) stayed unbeaten in league play heading into Wednesday’s home showdown with 13th-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond, which is also perfect against conference competition.

Head coach Jess Howard is just glad to put the Eagles (3-10, 2-6 NCC) in the rearview mirror.

“They’re a team that can play with anybody in the conference,” Howard said of the Eagles. “They’ve got some very powerful hitters in their lineup and you’ve got to make plays for 21 outs.”

WCHS has plenty of power, too.

Kaylee Schnathorst yanked her third home run of the season – a two-run shot into the power alley – in the first inning to stake the Lynx to an early lead, and eighth-grader Cassidy Nerland belted her first career dinger – a solo shot – in the second.

“The girls did a good job of keeping themselves loaded up with power,” Howard said. “(Nerland) is definitely getting a lot more comfortable. She’s got a lot of power and if she makes contact it’s going to go somewhere hard.”

Allie Flaws helped lead the team’s 14-hit attack with a 3-for-4 showing at the top of the order. She swiped two bases and scored two runs.

Schnathorst was also 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Catie Boyd ripped two hits and drove in two runs and Kenady Highland hammered a double.

McCoy, Abbey Fuhs, Maddie Anderson and Hannah Myers all added singles.

Eagle Grove touched McCoy for 10 hits, but only two of the Eagles’ runs were earned. McCoy struck out five.