WEBSTER CITY - Oh no, not her again ... she's still around?
Carlisle senior center fielder Seyerra Dubois must hear that - or something to that effect - every time she steps onto the diamond. In the Wildcats' starting lineup since she was an eighth grader and a first-team all-stater the last three years, it only appears as if she's been playing prep softball forever.
And, boy, can she play.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City eighth-grade shortstop Allie Flaws (right) stretches for a high throw from catcher Kaylee Schnathorst while Carlisle all-state player Seyerra Dubois slides into second with a stolen base during the first inning on Friday at Lynx Field. Dubois also belted a two-run home run to lead the No.3-ranked (Class 4A) Wildcats to a 7-2 victory in a homecoming game for Carlisle head coach Jim Flaws.
Now, finally, a senior, Dubois - a Drake University recruit - made her last appearance at Lynx Field on Friday and played a significant role in No. 3-ranked (Class 4A) Carlisle's 7-2 victory over Webster City. She finished with just one hit, but it was a doozy - a sixth-inning two-run home run to left field that deflated a Lynx team that still had upset on the mind. She also used her speed to swipe two bases and nearly single-handedly manufactured another run, and she eliminated a WCHS scoring threat with her defense in the fourth inning.
"I thought she was gone after last year, but she's a stud," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said of Dubois. "She plays center field, but I think you could put her at any position on the field and she'd play lights out. She's just a softball player and it's fun to watch those types of players."
Carlisle (14-1), winners of 13 consecutive games, overcame a shaky start by constantly putting pressure on the WCHS defense with its aggressive tactics at the plate and on the bases. The Wildcats finished with just five hits off Lynx ace Kaitlyn Biere, but they crunched the ball on the nose time and time again and forced WCHS into eight errors. They also stole five bases and ensured that Webster City native and Hall of Fame head coach Jim Flaws got the best of his alma mater yet again.
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Kenzie Flaws and Elin Landgren. Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. W-Flaws. L-Biere. 2B-CAR: Taylor Davis. HR-CAR: Seyerra Dubois. RBI-CAR: Dubois (2), Hattie Hupke, Davis, Landgren; WC: Mikaleh McCoy.
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Taylor Blackford and Breanna Rodriguez. Mikaleh McCoy and Erin Anderson. W-Blackford. L-McCoy.
"We scored in about every inning, but I give (WCHS) credit because they came to play," Flaws said. "They weren't intimidated and they've improved a lot since I saw them play at the tournament in Bondurant."
Flaws said he always enjoys returning to his old stomping grounds, but he's relieved once it's over as well.
"I love coming back, but I'm a little bit more on edge more than any other game when I come back here," he said. "It's hard because I respect everybody here in Webster City."
Flaws' niece, first-team all-state right-hander Kenzie Flaws, notched the win in the pitcher's circle. She allowed five hits and struck out 10.
Flaws' other niece on the field, WCHS eighth-grade shortstop Allie Flaws, recorded five outs in the field and didn't make an error.
But defensive miscues were made at five other positions and they resulted in six unearned runs for Carlisle. The Wildcats scored an unearned run in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. The lone earned run Biere issued wasn't even a mistake; she fired a curveball low and outside to Dubois, but somehow the Carlisle lead-off hitter was able to turn on it and golf it out of the park to extend the Wildcats' cushion to 6-2 at the time.
"I don't know how the heck she hit it out," Howard said. "Kaitlyn pitched a great game and that's all we can ask of her. We tell all of our pitchers, the only thing you can control is where you put the ball, and she put it exactly where I asked. If we make those routine plays, she's going to have that in the win column."
Facing the always-attacking Carlisle club, Howard said she expected some defensive bobbles. Still, she couldn't help but wonder what might have been.
"They put the ball in play and when they get runners on it's always tense because you know they're going to be aggressive and you know they're going to run if they have the opportunity," she said. "But this team has got to see that those were plays they can make and if they make those plays the end score is 2-1."
WCHS (7-7) scored both of its runs in the first inning, thanks in large part to two of the Wildcats' four errors. Kaylee Schnathorst was plunked just above the left knee on the first pitch of the game, and she eventually scored following a throwing error. Tiffany Constable also reached on a miscue and raced to the dish on a safety squeeze RBI bunt by Mikaleh McCoy.
Down 3-2 in the fourth, the Lynx threatened by putting its first two runners on base. But an attempted sacrifice bunt by Kenady Highland turned into a double play when Wildcats' catcher Elin Landgren caught the pop-up and then fired to first to get Hannah Myers, who strayed too far off the base.
Abbey Fuhs put the Lynx right back in business with a base hit to shallow right-center, but Howard was forced to hold Erin Anderson up at third because of Dubois' play-making ability. Playing in straightaway center field, Dubois got to the ball on one hop and fired a bullet to the plate - a throw that would have gunned down Anderson by five steps had she taken off for home.
Biere led the Lynx offensively with two hits and Highland had a single as well. WCHS stranded seven base runners, including four in scoring position.
Taylor Davis ripped a third-inning RBI double to right field for the Wildcats, while Landgren added a single and RBI.
Good news, bad news day at Lynx Classic
WEBSTER CITY - Well, there was good news and bad news for the Webster City softball team during Saturday's Lynx Classic.
It's always best to take the bad news first.
Eighth-grade shortstop Allie Flaws was most likely lost for the season when she injured her ankle at first base during the Lynx second game against Iowa Falls-Alden. It was initially diagnosed as a broken ankle, although head coach Jess Howard said Flaws will go back to the doctor this week to confirm whether it's broken or just a high sprain.
Either way, Flaws' chances of returning to the field this summer are unlikely.
"If we want it to heal correctly so she won't have problems in the future, it's probably the rest of the season," Howard confirmed. "It's obviously a big loss offensively and defensively because she was starting to get some confidence in herself."
The good news was that Webster City picked up a pair of victories; the Lynx blanked South Hardin, 2-0, and then handled 10th-ranked (Class 3A) and North Central Conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden, 7-3.
WCHS (9-8) finished its long day with a 13-1 loss to Des Moines Hoover.
"We played well in the first couple of games, and we hit really well," Howard said. "In that third game, against a competitive team, we just kind of ran out of steam."
Pitcher Kaitlyn Biere fired a one-hit gem against South Hardin, and she struck out 11. Biere also had a double at the plate.
Abbey Fuhs roped two hits and drove in a run, while Flaws, Erin Anderson and Kenady Highland all singled.
Mikaleh McCoy lashed a single and double, and pitched the Lynx to the win over Iowa Falls-Alden. She limited the Cadets to five hits.
The Lynx rocked Shelby Wilcox for 10 hits. Tiffany Constable, Biere, Hannah Myers and Molly Gilbert all joined McCoy with two hits.
Hoover roughed McCoy up for 13 hits and scored at least three runs in four innings.
WCHS was limited to just one hit - a single by Anderson - by Hoover hurler Taylor Blackford.
The Lynx played the entire day without regular catcher and lead-off hitter Kaylee Schnathorst, who was sidelined with a wrist injury. Howard expects to have her back in the lineup tonight.