VENGEANCE IS OURS: Patience key, WCHS baseball storms by Cadets
WEBSTER CITY – A lot of patience at the plate and an aggressive game plan on the bases proved to be the correct ingredients for a successful night for the Webster City baseball team Thursday night at Lynx Field.
Iowa Falls-Alden right-handed pitcher Bo Williams struggled with his control all night and the Lynx did plenty of circling the bases at his expense en route to a 7-2 victory – the team’s second straight and sixth in its last seven outings.
Williams’ filthy curveball caused headaches, particularly early on, but he had all sorts of trouble locating his fastball. He struck out nine, but also walked four, hit three batters and threw six wild pitches.
“It was a solid performance,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. “We haven’t seen a curveball like that in a while and we had a lot of guys struggle. But after a while we didn’t swing at it in the dirt as much and he got a little wild. And then we got some timely hits and took some extra bases.
“It was a really good team win.”
Iowa Falls-Alden won the first meeting, 6-5, on June 13, but WCHS (11-9, 6-7 NCC) led the rematch wire-to-wire. The Lynx plated three runs in the second inning, three more in the third and one in the fourth.
Jordan Moen had half of the Lynx six hits. His 3-for-3 performance included a second-inning one-out single to right field that set the wheels in motion for a big frame. Williams plunked Cole Reigelsberger with two outs and walked Ben Mossman and Trey Tesdahl.
Five of Williams’ six wild pitches came in the second.
Moen laid down a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze bunt that turned into an RBI single in the second inning. It brought Cal Zahn – aboard with a lead-off single – to the dish.
“Jordan is just coming through right now,” Smock said of his sophomore catcher. “He’s got that quick bat … he’s doing a nice job.”
Zahn went 2-for-3 and had one of the Lynx seven stolen bases. Courtesy runner Cory Keenan – he took over for Moen on the base paths – swiped two bases and scored two runs. Alec Fuhs added an RBI bloop single to right in the third inning.
WCHS southpaw starting pitcher Seth Crouthamel had his own control issues, but he worked himself out of numerous jams with a popping fastball and bending curve.
Crouthamel walked six, plunked four and fanned seven over his 4 2/3 innings of work. He allowed just one hit – a fourth-inning single by Brandon Qualley – and no earned runs.
“When he’s really on and he’s getting that ball that tails over the outer half (of the plate), he’s just tough to hit,” Smock said of Crouthamel, who improved to 2-3 on the mound. “You’ll see the better hitters just struggle against him … he’s really good.”
Ben Mossman came on in a relief stint and worked a scoreless 1 1/3. Cole Reigelsberger threw the final inning.
WCHS will head to Humboldt today for a pair of games against the Wildcats. The two teams will pick up in the second inning of a game that was suspended because of rain last month. Game 2 will be the regularly scheduled league tussle.