WEBSTER CITY - Solid pitching: Check. Sound defense: Check. Timely hitting: Check.
Simply put, Webster City head baseball coach Seth McGrane walked off the Lynx Field dirt more than satisfied last night after his Lynx opened their season with a 10-1 thumping of South Central Calhoun.
Webster City was patient at the plate throughout the contest, resulting in 11 walks, and the Lynx also benefitted from four batters being hit by pitches. They finished with just five hits, but four of them came with runners on base.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS second baseman Nelson Ball throws a runner out from his knees against South Central Calhoun last night at Lynx Field. WCHS won the game, 10-1.
"It was a solid opening night with the guys doing the little things right," McGrane, the third-year coach of the Lynx, said. "Playing small ball and being aggressive, that's how we're going to have to win games this year, and we had guys step up. Alex Oswald, for his first varsity start at catcher, had a heck of a game."
Oswald was also solid at the plate, as he helped pad the lead during a six-run sixth inning with an RBI single. Ben Mossman also singled in the frame, Doug Stoakes laced a two-run base knock, and Dylan Fielder had one of his two hits - a single.
WCHS had just one hit prior to the sixth inning, and yet already owned a 4-0 lead on the Titans (0-1).
|South Central Calhoun||000 001 0— 1 3 2|
|Webster City||101 026 x—10 5 2|
|Brett Snyder, Tate Klocke (6), John Curran (6) and Kirby Vogel. Jonny Davis, Cody Jondal (6) and Alex Oswald. W — Davis. L — Snyder. 2B — SCC: Vogel; WCHS: Fielder. RBI — WCHS: Doug Stoakes (3), Alex Oswald, Dylan Fielder, Davis.|
"We were hitting the ball pretty hard early, but it was right at them," McGrane said. "They helped us out with some walks and hit batters, but then we got those key hits."
Sam Mossman swiped three bases and scored three runs at the top of the Lynx lineup. He single-handedly manufactured a third-inning run with a walk and two stolen bases, and he trotted home on a Titans' throwing error down the left-field line.
Stoakes collected the first of his three RBIs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to center field, and Fielder followed with a RBI double to right field - the Lynx first hit of the contest.
That was more than enough for senior right-handed pitcher Jonny Davis, who fanned 11 batters and allowed just three hits in five innings of work on the hill. After giving up a lead-off double down the left-field line to Kirby Vogel in the second inning, Davis struck out the next three batters. He had two more Ks in the fourth inning, and added two in the fifth when South Central Calhoun put two runners aboard.
"It was a good first start for Jonny and we made the average plays defensively," McGrane said. "There weren't a lot of chances because he struck out 11, but people made the plays when there were opportunities."
Cody Jondal took over in the sixth and had no trouble with the Titans' lineup. The senior struck out five.
WCHS will travel to Carroll tonight to face the Tigers at 7:30 p.m. McGrane will be without four players, including Davis, as they will be in Hudson for the Lynx Class 2A Substate 2 semifinal match against the third-ranked Pirates.