BOONE - Shaky early in the season, the Webster City softball team has transformed itself into a dangerous opponent with eight wins in its last 10 outings, including a 9-4 non-conference triumph over Boone last night.
Trailing 3-0 after two innings, the Lynx (11-8) responded with one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and six in the sixth to overwhelm Toreador pitchers Paige Prokop and Sam McIlwain.
"It's been a couple of years since we've beaten Boone and I don't know that we have since I've been the coach," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "The girls are just playing really well right now and you can see them learning with each game they play, especially at the plate. They're starting to realize they can hit off any pitcher."
No Lynx player is more confident at the plate right now than freshman clean-up hitter Mikaleh McCoy. A night after coming through with two clutch hits in a 9-inning victory over Fort Dodge St. Edmond, McCoy cranked her first home run of the season - a solo shot in the fourth inning over the 190-foot fence in left field - against Boone, and an inning later she bashed a two-run double.
"She's seeing the ball really well right now," Howard said of McCoy. "She's doing a great job of keeping her weight back and just letting the ball come to her."
Kaylee Schnathorst also ripped a RBI single down the left-field line in the sixth, and the Lynx finished with eight hits. Tiffany Constable had a single and RBI, while Erin Anderson, Hannah Myers, Kenady Highland and Chelsey Wagoner all had one base hit.
Webster City000 126 0-9 8 2
Boone210 100 0-4 8 4
Mikaleh McCoy and Kaylee Schnathorst. Paige Prokop, Sam McIlwain (6) and Tacie Blunk. W-McCoy. L-Prokop. 2B-WC: McCoy. HR-WC: McCoy. RBI-WC: Schnathorst, Tiffany Constable, McCoy (3).
Howard gave the ball to McCoy in the pitcher's circle and allowed ace Kaitlyn Biere to get a night's rest before facing Clear Lake tonight. McCoy allowed eight hits and she hit four batters, but she also struck out four Toreadors (8-12).
Tonight's North Central Conference clash with the Lions at Lynx Field will get underway at 7:15 p.m.