Versatile Mossman named to all-NCC 1st team

WEBSTER CITY – Consistency and versatility were key components to Ben Mossman’s successful baseball season in a Webster City uniform.

He could hit. He could pitch. He could play the field.

Whatever the Lynx needed on a given night, Mossman put in the effort and that got him noticed by the coaches around the North Central Conference.

Mossman was named to the NCC’s all-conference first team as a utility player, it was announced yesterday. He was the only WCHS player to take a spot on the top team; classmate Dylan Fielder earned third-team status.

Unanimous first-team choices included Algona pitcher Weston Shaw and infielder Tyler Friederes; Clear Lake hurler Brock Adams, infielder Pete Swenson and outfielder Mitch Keeran; and Algona Bishop Garrigan utility player Reece Wadle.

Algona, the conference champion, collected three first-team slots. Runner-up Clear Lake seized a league-best four, while third-place finisher Humboldt picked up three.

Mossman, a three-year starter for the Lynx, ranked 13th in the NCC among hitters with a significant number of at bats with a .393 batting average. He cranked out 35 hits in 89 official plate appearances, four of which were doubles.

On the mound, Mossman posted a 3-1 record with a 5.70 ERA in 231?3 innings of work. Opponents hit just .244 against the right-hander.

Fielder, a four-year starter on the infield for WCHS, batted .286 on the season with one home run and 14 RBIs. He also laced seven doubles and one triple.