WEBSTER CITY - It all came together when Webster City needed it the most.
Coming off a rough weekend at the Bondurant-Farrar Tournament in which they dropped three games, the Lynx refocused for North Central Conference play and it showed, as they battered 12th-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt, 8-0, for their fourth consecutive league victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd .
Junior right-handed pitcher Kaitlyn Biere had her most dominant stuff of the season and she twirled her second no-hitter in her last four league outings. Humboldt managed just one base runner - Courtney Benjamin reached on a third-inning throwing error - as the night belonged to Biere, who fanned 10 and walked none.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Kaitlyn Biere lays down a sacrifice bunt against Humboldt last night at Lynx Field. The WCHS junior pitched a no-hitter in the Lynx 8-0 rout of the ’Cats.
"To me (Biere) looked like she was throwing the hardest she has all season, and she was hitting her spots," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said after her club improved to 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the NCC. "We weren't solely relying on her change-up to throw them off-balance; we were throwing her curve and her drop ball, and her drop ball was really breaking when she wanted it to."
Biere also had a hand in Webster City's most impressive offensive display of the campaign. She drilled a bases-loaded double off the top of the fence in left-center field - just an eye-lash away from a grand slam - that scored two in the sixth inning.
The Lynx touched Humboldt (6-4, 3-3 NCC) right-handed hurler Kelli Johnson for 11 hits. They scored one run in the first and second innings, and added three in both the fifth and sixth.
|Humboldt||000 000 0—0 0 2|
|Webster City||011 033 x—8 11 1|
|Kelli Johnson and Sarah Peters. Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. W—Biere. L—Johnson. 2B—WC: Biere. RBI—WC: Biere (3), Mikaleh McCoy (2), Erin Anderson, Abbey Fuhs.|
"I was really impressed with how the girls hit," Howard said. "They came out aggressively and got that first run up on the board, and when that happens you set the tone for the game."
WCHS took a 1-0 lead on Abbey Fuhs' RBI bunt right out in front of the plate. It brought Erin Anderson, aboard with a line-drive single to center field, to the dish and the Lynx never looked back.
Biere, Anderson and Hannah Myers all had two hits to lead the offense. Kaylee Schnathorst, Tiffany Constable, Mikaleh McCoy, Fuhs and Allie Flaws each added a single.
Biere finished with three RBIs, McCoy had two and Anderson added one.
Howard said the Lynx needed the confidence-boost leading up to today's road game at Algona Bishop Garrigan. The first pitch is set for 7:15 p.m.
"This is only helping to build the confidence of the girls," she said. "We have to take this into (today's) game because Garrigan is playing really well. It will be a good test for us."