HAMPTON - North Central Conference, meet Bailey Miller. Get used to hearing the name, because he's going to be a thorn in the side for a long time.
Miller, just an eighth grader and already the starting catcher for Hampton-Dumont, had an electrifying coming out party at Webster City's expense Friday night, as he went 4 for 4 - highlighted by a fourth-inning three-run bomb over the center field fence, the first of his career - and drove in six runs to lead the Bulldogs to a wild 13-11 victory.
"He had a heck of a night," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said of Miller, noting the youngster also smacked a double. "His home run was a shot; there was no doubt about it."
Hampton-Dumont (6-6, 3-4 NCC) shelled Lynx starting pitcher Jonny Davis and reliever Cody Jondal for 13 hits. But WCHS (3-8, 1-5 NCC) was up to the task with nine hits, and the Lynx led 9-8 after 5 innings until the Bulldogs reeled off five runs in the last half of the sixth to take the lead for good.
"Both teams hit the ball really well," McGrane said. "Normally when we get nine hits we're going to be on the winning side, but we didn't get as many timely hits as they did."
Sophomore Dylan Fielder ignited the high-scoring affair in the first inning when he belted a two-run dinger - his first of the season - to left-center field off Bulldogs' starter Cody Prantner.
Webster City240 120 2-11 9 3
Hampton-Dumont410 350 x-13 13 2
Jonny Davis, Cody Jondal (5) and Doug Stoakes. Cody Prantner, James Perez (5), Sam Butson (7) and Bailey Miller. W-Prantner. L-Davis. S-Butson. 2B-WC: Davis, Garrett Gourley. HR-WC: Dylan Fielder; H-D: Miller. RBI-WC: Davis (2), Fielder (2), Alex Oswald (4), Gourley, Cal Zahn.
Alex Oswald rapped three singles in four plate appearances and drove in four runs for the Lynx, who were without starting infielders Sam and Ben Mossman. Davis went 2 for 2 with a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
Garrett Gourley contributed a double and two RBIs. Caleb Crouthamel and Trey Tesdahl both singled, and Cal Zahn drove in a run.
WCHS will return to its home diamond at Lynx Field on Monday to host fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond at 7:30 p.m.
The Gaels (10-4, 4-2 NCC), who are coming off a 3-2 win in 9 innings over Algona on Friday, beat WCHS 3-2 last month in Fort Dodge. The green and white rallied from an early deficit to win the first meeting.