Kaylee Schnathorst calls herself disgusting and gross, but it can't be helped.
The Webster City sophomore catcher's routine - she calls it a focused routine - in tense games is always the same. Between pitches she stands up, lifts her mask, looks to head coach Jess Howard for the sign, licks the fingers on her right hand, wipes it off on her pant leg, and crouches back down.
Between. Every. Pitch.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City freshman Molly Gilbert (left) races around Clear Lake catcher Hannah Bartlett before beginning her slide into the plate, as she scored one of the Lynx six runs in the third inning last night at Lynx Field. WCHS rolled to a 12-0, 4-inning win, its ninth straight in North Central Conference play.
"I don't know why I lick my fingers because then it's all sandy in my mouth and it's disgusting, it's gross. But it's a focus thing and I have to do it." Schnathorst said while laughing. "I've never noticed that I do it, but it's been pointed out to me."
The funny thing is, when the game is out of hand, Schnathorst eliminates the ritual.
So there was little to no sand in her mouth last night.
Clear Lake000 0- 0 0 3
Webster City226 2-12 14 0
Sara Barlow and Hannah Bartlett. Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. W-Biere. L-Barlow. 2B-WC: Biere. RBI-WC: Schnathorst (2), Biere (4), Mikaleh McCoy (3), Hannah Myers, Kenady Highland.
Schnathorst bashed three hits in four plate appearances and drove in two runs, and she was just a small part of Webster City's runaway 12-0 victory in four innings over Clear Lake at Lynx Field. The Lynx (12-8, 9-2 NCC) - winners of nine consecutive North Central Conference contests - received at least one hit from eight of the nine girls in the lineup to remain just one game behind league leader Iowa Falls-Alden.
"I think we're sitting pretty good (in the conference) and that's awesome because we're so young and, not to be negative, but we were thinking this would be a rebuilding year," Schnathorst said.
Junior right-handed pitcher Kaitlyn Biere twirled her third no-hitter of the season; she was a second-inning walk issued to Annie Snyder on a full count away from her second perfect game of the campaign. She fanned five, as Clear Lake (1-9, 1-5 NCC) managed to hit just one ball to the outfield grass.
Biere also made her presence known at the plate out of the No. 3 hole in the lineup. She spanked a first-inning double off the top of the glove of Lions' left fielder Megan Loux, and followed it up with a two-RBI single to left on a 3-0 pitch in the third and a RBI base knock the same way in the fourth.
WCHS reeled off eight of its 14 hits in the third inning, which produced six runs. Kenady Highland, Molly Gilbert and Abbey Fuhs ignited the onslaught with three straight singles, and Schnathorst's second line-drive base hit of the game plated Highland and Fuhs.
Biere's bash was followed by base hits by Erin Anderson, Hannah Myers and Highland for the second time in the frame.
Mikaleh McCoy put the finishing touches on the run-rule shortened game with an RBI sacrifice fly to center field in the fourth, which brought Tiffany Constable sprinting to the plate from third.
"It was a complete team effort getting all of those runs on the board and it has to be that way every single night," Howard said. "We didn't take one time through the order to score runs, so it was good to see the girls be offensive like that."
Myers, Highland and Fuhs all went 2-for-3 against Clear Lake pitcher Sara Barlow, who was also haunted by three errors behind her. McCoy added a single and collected three RBIs.
WCHS scored two runs in the first and second innings to take command from the start.
The Lynx will be off today before they begin play in the Fort Dodge Invitational on Friday at 11 a.m. against North Sentral Kossuth.