Slump Buster: Lynx right ship at Cowboys expense
WEBSTER CITY – Dylan Fielder still isn’t playing at full strength since he turned his ankle and took a trip to the hospital two weeks ago.
Running full speed is still a problem for the Webster City senior. But trotting around the bases is perfect.
And so that’s what he did last night at Lynx Field.
Fielder’s two-run bomb – seriously, it was a shot – to left field in the bottom of the second inning sparked the Lynx offense, and they scored two more in the frame and went on to take down Clarion-Goldfield, 7-4.
WCHS (6-8, 3-6 NCC) snapped a five-game losing streak, but more importantly, the Lynx executed from the first pitch to the last out.
“It was a good, solid win,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “We’ve lost five in a row, so any win is a good win. But to win and play solid, that helps.”
Fielder got a good look at a hanging curve ball from Cowboys’ starting pitcher Trenton Sann and he sent it over the first row of cars in the parking lot that sits beyond the left-field fence. It also scored Doug Stoakes, who was aboard on an error.
“I’ve been really pleased with Dylan,” Smock said. “He didn’t sulk about (the injury), he just worked himself back into the lineup. I don’t know what he’s hitting since the ankle injury, but it’s well over .500.
“That was a huge play and it’s something he’s done in the past.”
Jordan Moen laced an RBI double into the gap in left-center later in the second to push the Lynx lead to 4-0.
Back-to-back RBI sacrifice flies by Stoakes and Fielder in the third extended the cushion to 6-0.
Alec Fuhs singled and eventually scored on one of the Cowboys’ six errors in the fourth.
Clarion-Goldfield (3-8, 1-7 NCC) scored two unearned runs in the fifth and then ran Lynx starting pitcher Ben Mossman in the seventh. The Cowboys added two more runs and had the tying run at the plate when reliever Daniel Halko got Colby Ruiter to bounce out to end the game.
Mossman was effective during his stint on the hill en route to the win. He allowed just five hits and two walks while fanning five.
“Ben was consistent like he always is, that’s for sure,” Smock said.
Fuhs went 2-for-3 at the bottom of the Lynx order before leaving the game late when a nasty bouncer struck him in the head. Mossman, Cal Zahn and Drew Fielder all singled.
WCHS will go out of conference tonight to take on South Central Calhoun in Lytton at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Lynx will return home for another conference contest against Algona Bishop Garrigan. That first pitch is also set for 7:30 p.m.