Lynx limp into postseason following loss to Toreadors

WEBSTER CITY – One through nine, Boone possesses a lineup capable of inflicting damage at a moment’s notice.

Lead-off stick Ryan Sunstrom can rip the cover off the ball, but so can No. 9 hitter Ashton Clemons.

Nos. 2 through 8 are pretty dang good, too.

The Toreadors hit the ball hard, slow-pitch softball style, particularly early in last night’s 14-3, five-inning thumping of Webster City at Lynx Field. The visitors teed off and rocked all nine of their hits in the first and second innings and built an insurmountable 10-0 edge that left WCHS deflated in its regular season finale.

“I thought we saw one of the better hitting teams (Monday) night (in ninth-ranked Algona), but I’m not sure these guys aren’t better,” WCHS head coach Troy Smock said of the Toreadors, who entered the contest on a two-game skid. “They’ve just got some studs up there … when you make a mistake on these guys (the ball) goes a long ways and it goes there hard.”

Clean-up hitter Brett Slight thumped a two-run double to straightaway center in the first inning off Lynx starting pitcher Cal Zahn, but the Toreadors were just getting started.

Clemons was the catalyst of a seven-hit, eight-run second inning that forced Zahn off the mound after just 1 1/3 innings. Clemons turned on an inside pitch and launched it over the left-field fence for a two-run home run early in the frame, and he returned to the batter’s box later in the second and unleashed a two-RBI single to center.

Boone (14-16) sent 12 batters to the dish in the second.

“Once we got down we hung our heads a little bit, but we didn’t fold,” Smock said. “We kept battling and battling.”

Dylan Fielder took over in relief of Zahn, but lacked control. He gave up just three hits, but walked eight.

Boone scored its final four runs courtesy of five free passes in the third inning.

Clemons, Alex Davis and Nolan Newcomb all went 2-for-3 for the Toreadors. Drew Wilber smacked a two-run single during the marathon second inning and he finished with three RBIs.

WCHS (12-13), losers of back-to-back games, collected six hits off the Toreador pitching trio of Davis, Sunstrom and Dylan Appenzeller.

Alec Fuhs went 2-for-2 and scored a run at the bottom of the Lynx order. Drew Fielder smoked a pair of singles to left, including an RBI liner in the fourth inning. Ben Mossman drove in a pair of runs, first on a second-inning RBI single and then on a fielder’s choice ground ball in the fourth.

Cole Reigelsberger added a base hit to center in the fourth.

The Lynx will now prepare for Friday’s trip to Clear Lake for a Class 3A District 3 semifinal against the third-ranked Lions (28-5). WCHS upset then No. 1 Clear Lake, 5-4, last week.

“Every day is a new day for these kids,” Smock said. “They could come in (today) and have two great days of practice and you never know what will happen.”