St. Ed’s takes advantage of WCHS errors in win

WEBSTER CITY – One bad inning defensively was all it took to take a potential upset victory away from the Webster City baseball team last night at Lynx Field.

One really, really bad inning.

Ahead 1-0, WCHS fumbled the ball and threw it all over the diamond in the top of the third inning, and eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond was all too happy to take advantage. The Gaels plated all of their runs – unearned runs at that – in the frame en route to a 5-2 North Central Conference victory.

WCHS (5-5, 2-3 NCC) doubled the Gaels (7-4, 3-3 NCC) in hits, 10-5, but St. Edmond had half as many errors and none were costly.

Two of St. Edmond’s hits came in the third – an RBI single by Robert Flattery and a two-RBI base knock by Jason Setterdahl – and Logan Fear brought a run in on a suicide squeeze bunt.

But WCHS should have been out of the jam long before the hits came raining down.

Dylan Fielder was 2-for-2 with a double and triple in the loss, but the Lynx senior was helped off the field after rolling his ankle going into third on his extra-base hit in the third. His status for upcoming games is unknown.

Cole Reigelsberger went 2-for-4 at the dish. Trey Tesdahl, Ben Mossman, Cory Keenan, Doug Stoakes and Drew Fielder all singled; Cal Zahn found the gap for a double.

Tesdahl scored the opening run of the game after lashing a base hit in the first. He came around to the plate on a pair of Hank Crimmins wild pitches.

Cory Keenan raced to the dish in the fourth on an RBI ground out by Jordan Moen.

Crimmins fanned nine Lynx batters en route to the win and Robert Flattery sat down two in a little over an inning of work.

Seth Crouthamel was the hard-luck loser; he lasted just two innings and was responsible for the five runs. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out two.

WCHS will be Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday.