Tough tourney leaves Lynx at back of pack

FORT DODGE – One of the toughest regular season tournaments in the state certainly took a bite out of the Webster City softball team here over the weekend.

Way too many defensive miscues overshadowed a sound offense, as the Lynx dropped four games and finished at the back of the 16-team field at Harlan Rogers Park.

WCHS (11-12) – under .500 for the first time since it dropped its opening game of the season – made 20 errors in the four-game set, including nine in a first-round 19-8 loss to Winterset. The Lynx also fell to No. 6-ranked (Class 2A) North Union, 5-3, Harlan, 13-12, and Atlantic, 11-1.

“It’s really good competition at the tournament and we had our opportunities,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “One error isn’t acceptable, but you can usually handle it. But when you have four or five in one inning, it’s hard to come back from something like that.”

WCHS didn’t have problems scoring runs, particularly early in the tournament. Eighth-grader Cassidy Nerland cranked a two-run home run against Winterset and the Lynx piled up seven extra-base hits in all during the tournament.

Lead-off hitter Allie Flaws went 3-for-4 in the opening contest.

Mikaleh McCoy lashed two doubles and drove in six runs during the tourney. She was also the pitcher of record against Winterset and Harlan. Erin Bahrenfuss was on the hook for the losses to North Union and Atlantic.

A total of seven ranked teams were in the field. No. 4 (4A) Fort Dodge won its own tournament with a 6-5 victory over No. 2 (4A) Solon in Saturday’s final.