WEBSTER CITY - Take advantage of the opportunities.
It's a message that Webster City baseball coach Seth McGrane has relayed to his players on multiple occasions this season, and last night the charges were listening.
Two base hits with runners in scoring position, followed by three straight free passes with the bases loaded led to a monstrous first inning for the Lynx and they put it on auto-pilot the rest of the way to a 12-3 victory over Humboldt for their first North Central Conference win of the season at Lynx Field.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City sophomore Trey Tesdahl goes downstairs to connect with a low fastball for an RBI single, part of the Lynx six-run first inning against Humboldt last night against Lynx Field. He finished with two RBIs in the Lynx 12-3 win.
Alex Oswald roped a two-RBI base hit into right field off Wildcats' starting pitcher Brady Anderson, and Trey Tesdahl followed suit with a RBI base knock to the same spot one batter later during the six-run first at bat.
"It was great to get six (runs) in that first inning and it really gave the guys some confidence," McGrane said. "We had gotten to the point where the bases would be loaded, but then we'd be wondering now what happens? After that first inning, now we believe that when we have guys on we're going to move them up and bring them in."
Tesdahl drove in another run an inning later on a ground ball to push WCHS ahead 7-1.
|Humboldt||102 000 0— 3 3 3|
|Webster City||610 302 x—12 9 2|
|Brady Anderson, Coen Olson (2) and Dylan Nelson. Jonny Davis and Doug Stoakes. W—Davis. L—Anderson. 2B—WC: Davis. RBI—WC: Sam Mossman, Davis, Alex Oswald (2), Trey Tesdahl (2), Nelson Ball, Caleb Crouthamel (2).|
The Lynx finished with nine hits off Anderson and Humboldt reliever Coen Olson. The first six batters in the lineup recorded at least one hit and eight players had either a hit or drove in a run.
Humboldt (6-2, 2-1 NCC), which lost to an NCC opponent for the first time, touched WCHS senior right-hander Jonny Davis for two runs in the third inning to trim its deficit to 7-3, but Davis was in command the remainder of the way. He gave up just three hits and four walks, and he fanned six in the complete-game win.
"They hit (Davis) hard, but we made the plays on the ball," McGrane said. "Jonny's a crafty kid; they hit him hard in that third inning, but then he figured out how to keep them off-balance after that."
WCHS answered Humboldt's challenge with three more runs in the fourth inning, and finished it off with two more in the sixth.
Oswald was the offensive catalyst; he went 3 for 4 at the dish and also scored a pair of runs.
"Alex is a kid that definitely put in a lot of time in the preseason," McGrane said. "He'd come in for extra cuts off the tee and the (pitching) machine, so it's nice to see that hard work paying off."
Davis, Sam Mossman, Dylan Fielder, Doug Stoakes and Nelson Ball all contributed one hit in the victory. Davis ripped a double and drove in a run; Mossman and Ball both collected one RBI, and No. 9 hitter Caleb Crouthamel drove in two.
WCHS will head to Saydel today for a non-conference contest, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.