Lynx find gaps, club 12 hits in upset road win over St. Edmond

FORT DODGE – Pitching, hitting and stellar defense – the Webster City baseball team had it all last night at the Rogers Sports Complex.

That’s what it takes to earn a victory over St. Edmond, a North Central Conference contender every season.

Webster City took the lead for good in the third inning and then held on for dear life in the seventh inning to escape with the upset victory, 7-5. St. Edmond (13-10, 8-6 NCC) scored two runs in the seventh and had the tying runners on base when reliever Seth Crouthamel got Reid Johnson to bounce out back to the mound to end the game.

“They’re a really good baseball team this year and to beat them the way we did felt really good,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “A lot of guys came through … it was a really solid team effort and win, and we needed that.”

The Lynx (10-9, 5-7 NCC) blasted 12 hits, half of which were doubles, off St. Edmond pitcher Hank Crimmins. Ben Mossman laced a pair of gappers and drove in a run; Drew Fielder, Cal Zahn, Jordan Moen and Cole Reigelsberger all had one double.

“We drove the ball, we found the alley and we put it down the line,” Smock said. “It was fun to watch.”

But it was one of the team’s six singles that proved to be the difference. Alec Fuhs came through with a two-RBI base knock in the top of the seventh to extend the Lynx edge to 7-2 and as it turned out they needed both runs to hold off the Gaels, who plated three in the last half of the seventh.

“That was such a big hit in the seventh,” Smock said.

Daniel Halko went 62?3 innings on the mound to pick up the win. He scattered 10 hits, but allowed just two earned runs. He walked three and struck out five.

“It was a real solid outing for Daniel,” Smock said. “He was spotting his fastball and his curveball was really moving. He had a great performance and Jordan (Moen) did a great job catching him.”

WCHS will try to use the momentum gained tonight when it hosts Iowa Falls-Alden at 7:30 p.m.