Comets show off power, end Lynx season

CHARLES CITY – Power oftentimes trumps everything else on the softball diamond.

Charles City had it last night and that was more than enough to send the Comets sailing into the Class 4A Region 2 semifinal round.

Ahead 2-0 after 2 1/2 innings, Webster City (17-18) gave up three home runs and watched Charles City (25-10) score run after run after run en route to a 12-2 victory in six innings.

The Comets plated six runs in the last half of the third inning and added two runs in each of the final three innings to send the Lynx into the offseason.

WCHS hurt itself with five errors, several coming during the nightmare third.

“We played well for 2 1/3 innings and then just weren’t able to keep up defensively,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “We should have been able to get out of that inning without any runs scored and then it’s a completely different game in the fourth and fifth innings.”

Mara Forsyth, the Comets’ all-state slugger, bashed her 12th and 13th home runs of the season, the second a two-run shot that ended the contest an inning early. Jackie Foster added a solo dinger; Charles City blasted 11 hits in all.

Charles City hurler Megan Roetler limited the Lynx to just two hits – singles by Taylor Schnathorst and Hannah Myers.

WCHS scored single runs in the first and third innings. Senior Kaylee Schnathorst produced both to give her team the early 2-0 edge.

Charles City advances to Saturday’s semifinal round against 15th-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock (30-8) in Waverly.

Howard said goodbye to Kaylee Schnathorst and classmate Abbey Fuhs. Both were longtime starters for a Lynx team that captured multiple North Central Conference titles during their playing days.