WEBSTER CITY - Thirteen men stepped into the batter's box. Five unleashed hits, three reached on errors and a total of nine circled the bases and stepped on the dish before trotting back to the dugout.
It just went on and on, and all the Webster City players and coaches could do was grit their teeth and wait for it to be over.
Ahead 4-1 and playing with confidence, the WCHS bubble burst in a nine-run marathon third inning by Carroll Kuemper Catholic and the Knights exploded for seven more in the top of the fifth en route to a run-rule shortened 19-7 non-conference victory last night at Lynx Field.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City courtesy runner Cal Zahn (right) goes head-first into third base and straight into the tag applied by Carroll Kuemper third baseman Logan Nolting last night at Lynx Field. Kuemper scored nine runs in the third inning to take command and the Knights went on to win, 19-7 in 5 innings.
Lynx head coach Seth McGrane was unavailable for comment following the contest.
Kuemper's Kolby Hilgenberg and Logan Nolting ripped back-to-back RBI singles to the left side, and three batters later Adam Schliesman roasted a Cody Jondal offering to center field to plate two more runs in the third frame.
Jondal also walked two and had an up-close look at two Knights sprinting to the plate on wild pitches before he was pulled in favor of Dylan Fielder with one out.
Carroll Kuemper109 27-19 12 0
Webster City310 03- 7 7 5
Zach Kloeke (3), Nolan Schultes (4) and Alex Drees. Cody Jondal, Dylan Fielder (3) and Doug Stoakes. W-Kloeke. L-Jondal. 2B-CK: Logan Nolting, Chris Uhlencamp, Nolan Schultes; WC: Caleb Crouthamel. RBI-WC: Crouthamel, Fielder, Nelson Ball (3), Garrett Gourley (2).
The two pitchers struggled with their control throughout the contest. They combined to walk nine batters and throw six wild pitches. The Lynx (3-10) also committed five errors.
WCHS had the offensive machine revving early on against Kuemper starter Zach Kloeke. The Lynx plated three runs in their first at bat and added a run in the second to build the three-run advantage.
Sam Mossman and Jonny Davis hit consecutive liners to right field before Fielder, the clean-up hitter, smoked a towering shot to center for an RBI sacrifice fly.
It was 1-1 when Nelson Ball slapped a base hit to right field to bring Mossman and Davis racing to the plate for a 3-1 Lynx cushion.
Caleb Crouthamel added to the lead in the second with a hard shot down the right field line for a double that scored Garrett Gourley, who was aboard with a walk.
And then the wheels fell off.
WCHS finished with seven hits. Ball added another base knock later in the contest and he finished with three RBIs; Gourley drove in two runs with a single in the fifth inning.
Kuemper (10-8) collected 12 hits, including doubles from Nolting, Chris Uhlencamp and Nolan Schultes.
Kloeke picked up the win on the mound, but he wasn't around to take part in the celebration. He injured his knee at the plate in the fourth inning and had to be taken off the field. Schultes came on in relief to close the door.
The Lynx will face arguably their toughest test of the season tonight when they host North Central Conference leader and fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake at 7:30 p.m.