Bears Attacked: Crouthamel filthy on mound over six innings, lefty earns win for Lynx

WEBSTER CITY – Seth Crouthamel didn’t make it real easy on himself last night, but that only made the outcome that much sweeter.

Webster City’s crafty southpaw pitcher struggled with his control throughout the North Central Conference showdown with Algona Bishop Garrigan, but it never got him into trouble. Time and time again he worked his way out of jams and propelled the Lynx to a convincing 6-2 victory.

“This one feels really good,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “Anytime you can take two (games) from Garrigan in a season, you have to feel good about it. It was a complete game all the way around with different guys doing different things.”

The Lynx (8-8, 4-6 NCC) – winners of three straight games – out hit Garrigan (14-11, 5-5 NCC) 8-3 and also played error-free behind Crouthamel and reliever Cole Reigelsberger. Smock opted to insert the Fuhs twins – Alec and Avery – into the lineup late for defensive purposes and they started a 6-4-3 double play that ended the game.

“That’s how it’s supposed to be done,” Smock said. “We got contributions from a lot of guys.”

Crouthamel surrendered just two hits over his six innings. Garrigan scored a run in the first inning, but he settled down and held them to goose eggs until the sixth.

By that time WCHS held a comfortable 6-1 edge.

“Seth got himself in trouble a couple of times, but he just worked out of it,” Smock said of his starter who walked five and struck out five. “He had that warrior mentality.”

Garrigan stranded eight runners on base, including seven in scoring position.

WCHS took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning. Clean-up stick Cal Zahn hit a towering shot to right that just kept floating, and the result was an RBI double. Moments later Doug Stoakes delivered an RBI sac fly down the right field line.

“That was huge hit for us, and lately that’s what we’ve gotten out of Cal,” Smock said.

Ben Mossman, who went 2-for-3 on the night, delivered an RBI single in the second inning to increase the lead to 3-1. Stoakes, Dylan Fielder and Cole Reigelsberger delivered run-scoring base knocks in the third off Garrigan pitcher Tyler Schnurr to give WCHS the cushion it needed.

The Lynx will look for a fourth consecutive victory today when it travels down the road to Blairsburg for a non-conference game against Northeast Hamilton at 5 p.m.