EAGLE GROVE - Whether he knew it or not, Brennan Cameron earned a nice chunk of redemption up on the hill Friday night.
The Eagle Grove junior right-handed hurler nibbled at the corners; he used his off-speed pitches effectively and when it was called for he threw the gas with success.
He was in control, and there was little Webster City could do to counter.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS third baseman Dylan Fielder (left) chases down and tags out Eagle Grove’s Devon Omvig on Friday.
Cameron twirled a complete-game, three-hit gem to propel the Eagles to their first North Central Conference victory of the season by a 4-2 count over Webster City, which still searches for its maiden league win. The performance was in stark contrast to the last time Cameron faced the Lynx last summer when he allowed seven hits and 10 runs in just 41?3 innings during a 15-3 thumping.
"(Cameron) was around the plate and he did mix his speeds and kept us guessing," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said. "That's what you have to do to be successful."
The Lynx (1-4, 0-3 NCC) continued to struggle swinging the bat and grasping the strike zone. Cameron finished with 11 strikeouts, seven of which were called third strikes, and he walked just one.
|Webster City||000 101 0—2 3 2|
|Eagle Grove||010 120 x—4 4 2|
|Trey Tesdahl, Ben Mossman (6) and Doug Stoakes. Brennan Cameron and Kent Jorgensen. W—Cameron. L—Tesdahl. 2B—WC: Alex Oswald; EG: Jorgensen. RBI—WC: Oswald, Tesdahl; EG: Dylan Thielen (2).|
|Iowa Falls-Alden||000 300 3—6 5 2|
|Webster City||324 000 x—9 11 3|
|Branden Qualley, Caleb Perkins (3) and Josh Hoover. Dylan Fielder, Cody Jondal (4), Ben Mossman (7) and Doug Stoakes. W—Fielder. L—Qualley. 2B—WC: Sam Mossman, Trey Tesdahl. HR—WC: Stoakes. RBI—WC: Jonny Davis, Fielder (3), Stoakes (3).|
|Webster City||001 002 0—3 8 3|
|Gilbert||000 050 x—5 7 0|
|Jessee Hedeen, Joey Root (4), Ben Mossman (5) and Doug Stoakes. Lane Peterson, Evan Johnson (5), Parker Christian (6) and Jared Gescheidler. W—Johnson. L—Root. S—Christian. RBI—WC: Dylan Fielder, Stoakes.|
"The last couple of days we've talked about not going down looking, but it's something we still struggle with," McGrane said. "I don't know what it is, but it's something we need to continue to work on."
The lack of offensive production spoiled a solid outing on the mound for sophomore righty Trey Tesdahl. He allowed just four hits in 51?3 innings; he fanned three batters and walked four others.
"Trey deserved better than he got," McGrane said. "Anytime your pitcher gives up just four hits, you should win the game."
Tesdahl offered up just one extra-base hit - a second-inning double to No. 7 hitter Kent Jorgensen - and it helped lead to the first run of the game. It moved Colten Locke, aboard with a walk, over to third and he scored moments later on Dylan Thielen's RBI sacrifice fly to left field.
Tesdahl got the run back in the fourth with a line-drive base hit to center that scored Dylan Fielder from third.
Thielen collected his second RBI in the last half of the fourth on a fielder's choice grounder that brought Brenton Pohlman to the dish with what turned out to be the winning run. The Eagles (3-5, 1-3 NCC) tacked on two more runs in the fifth to push ahead 4-1; Cole Beecher and Sean Halverson drew back-to-back one-out walks, and both eventually scored.
Alex Oswald pulled the Lynx within two runs in the sixth when he went the other way with a Cameron pitch and drove it down the right-field line for a RBI double that scored Doug Stoakes. But Cameron sat down the final five batters he faced to secure the win.
WCHS had a chance to get to Cameron in the first inning when it loaded the bases. Jonny Davis slapped a one-out single through the hole between shortstop and third base, Stoakes reached on an error and Oswald was hit by a pitch. But Cameron caught Tesdahl looking at a called third strike to extract himself from the jam.
"We have to find ways to capitalize when we have the bases loaded like we did in the first inning," McGrane said. "We're not a good enough team where we can pass up that opportunity, so when we get it we have to take advantage of it."
WCHS will welcome Humboldt to Lynx Field this evening for a conference contest. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Stoakes goes yard, WCHS baseball splits at tourney
STORY CITY - Doug Stoakes cranked a three-run home run to straightaway center field in the first inning to ignite a strong day offensively for Webster City on Saturday at the Scandinavian Days tournament.
The three-run shot - the first of the season for WCHS - was followed by two runs in the second inning and four in the third, as the Lynx pounded their way past North Central Conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden, 9-6, in the opening round.
Eventual tournament champion Gilbert scored five runs in the fifth inning to take down WCHS (2-5) in the semifinals, 5-3. But the day was an overall success, as the Lynx ripped 19 hits in the two-game set.
"The positive thing was we bounced back from a tough loss on Friday (against Eagle Grove)," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said. "We beat a good team in Iowa Falls and seeing the guys hit the ball hard was a big positive."
Trey Tesdahl went 3 for 4 with a double, Sam Mossman was 2 for 3 with a two-bagger, and Jonny Davis roped two singles and drove in a run in the win over the Cadets. Starting pitcher and winner Dylan Fielder rocked a base hit and plated three runs, and Ben Mossman and Caleb Crouthamel added singles.
Cody Jondal and Ben Mossman worked in relief of Fielder to help preserve the victory.
Sam Mossman laced two more hits, both singles, against Gilbert. Fielder poked two hits and drove in a run, while Davis and Stoakes both had RBI base hits.
Sophomores Jessee Hedeen and Joey Root saw their first action of the season on the mound for the Lynx; Root took the loss in relief.