HAMPTON - It took a few innings, but eventually the Webster City softball team found a rhythm at the plate.
And the rest is history.
After falling behind 1-0 early on, the Lynx erupted for four runs in the third inning and an additional four runs over the final four innings to derail Hampton-Dumont's four-game win streak, 8-2, in North Central Conference action last night.
WCHS (7-6, 7-2 NCC), which has captured seven consecutive league victories since starting the season 0-2, rattled off 14 hits off Bulldog pitchers Michelle Ritland and reliever Taryn Kline. Seven girls had at least one hit; Kaitlyn Biere and Erin Anderson both went 3 for 4, while Kaylee Schnathorst and Mikaleh McCoy were both 2 for 4. Abbey Fuhs roped two hits in three official plate appearances.
Biere rocked two doubles, Schnathorst had one and a run batted in, and McCoy and Anderson combined to drive in three runs.
"It's the best we've hit all season," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "It took us a while to get used to (Ritland) because she's a really tall girl and she has a slow windup, so it looked like it would come in a lot slower than it actually did. But we came around."
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Hampton-Dumont100 000 1-2 8 4
Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. Michelle Ritland, Taryn Kline (6) and Kylie Murphy. W-Biere. L-Ritland. 2B-WC: Schnathorst, Biere (2). RBI-WC: Schnathorst, Mikaleh McCoy (2), Erin Anderson, Hannah Myers.
McCoy collected one of her two RBIs in the four-run third on a suicide squeeze bunt that brought Tiffany Constable sprinting to the plate, and a batter later Anderson followed with an RBI base knock to right field.
Hampton-Dumont (7-3, 6-3 NCC) touched Biere for eight hits and one earned run. The WCHS junior right-hander sat down 13 on strikes.
Up next for Howard's club will be a non-conference date with No. 6-ranked (Class 4A) Carlisle tonight at Lynx Field. The first pitch is set for 7:15 p.m.
On Saturday, WCHS will host the Lynx Classic, beginning at 9 a.m. The Lynx will play South Hardin in the first game of the day, followed by a date with Iowa Falls-Alden at noon, and they'll close the day against Des Moines Hoover at approximately 4:30 p.m.