WEBSTER CITY - A clean baseball game was overshadowed by a rough seventh inning defensively for the Webster City baseball team last night at Lynx Field.
Locked in a 3-3 tie with Algona heading into the final inning, the Lynx committed four errors and watched the Bulldogs put up six runs in their last at bat, and they went on to take the North Central Conference contest, 9-4.
"It was definitely a pretty frustrating way to end a pretty well-played and pretty clean game," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said after his club dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the NCC. "We played the middle innings pretty well."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
After getting caught in a rundown, WCHS senior Sam Mossman (left) is tagged out by Algona’s Sam Lipps as he dives back towards first base last night at Lynx Field. The Bulldogs picked up a NCC win over the Lynx, 9-4
Starting pitcher Trey Tesdahl worked into the seventh inning for the Lynx. He was eventually relieved by senior Jonny Davis, but the ace of the staff was also unable to douse the flames. Ben Mossman became the third hurler of the frame and he finally got WCHS out of the jam.
Algona (6-3, 3-2 NCC) touched Tesdahl for three runs in the opening inning to bolt out to a 3-0 lead, and Bulldogs' pitcher Tyler Frideres seemed to have it on auto pilot as he mowed down the Lynx early on.
WCHS finally got its timing down in the fifth inning and ran Frideres off the bump. Davis stroked a two-run double, and he scored two batters later on Dylan Fielder's RBI base hit that tied the contest at 3.
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Tyler Frideres, Cole Nielsen (5) and Weston Shaw. Trey Tesdahl, Jonny Davis (7), Ben Mossman (7) and Doug Stoakes. W-Nielsen. L-Tesdahl. 2B-WC: Davis. RBI-WC: Davis (2), Dylan Fielder, Stoakes.
It remained that way until the seventh.
WCHS got one run back in the last half of the seventh; Doug Stoakes brought in a run with a base hit.
Frideres and reliever Cole Nielsen limited the Lynx to just four hits. Tesdahl also had a single.
WCHS will be off today and will have time to prepare for Friday's conference contest at Hampton-Dumont.