CLARION - Eight players delivered at least one base hit, and six drove in runs for the Webster City softball team here last night in a relatively easy victory over Clarion-Goldfield.
Following a tough 3-0 loss to North Central Conference leader Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday, the Lynx responded with four runs in the first inning and two more in the second last night en route to a 10-1 romp past the Cowgirls.
WCHS (17-12, 11-3 NCC) ripped Clarion-Goldfield pitcher Courtney Littlejohn for 11 hits, including three that went for extra bases.
"It was good to see everybody contributing offensively," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "We had a lot of girls get on base off hitting the ball hard, and that made Clarion make some errors. It was good to see them come back strong."
Kaitlyn Biere pounded an RBI double, Mikaleh McCoy brought another run across on a suicide squeeze bunt, and Molly Gilbert roped a two-run single in the first frame to put Clarion-Goldfield (4-18, 0-12 NCC) back on its heels.
Biere and McCoy both finished 2-for-4 at the dish, and Erin Anderson went 2-for-3. McCoy had a double, as did Tiffany Constable.
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Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. Courtney Littlejohn and Mara Warnke. W-Biere. L-Littlejohn. 2B-WC: Biere, Tiffany Constable, Mikaleh McCoy. RBI-WC: Biere, McCoy, Hannah Myers, Kenady Highland, Molly Gilbert (2), Abbey Fuhs.
Kaylee Schnathorst, Hannah Myers and Kenady Highland added base hits. Myers, Highland and Abbey Fuhs all collected one RBI.
Biere, a junior right-handed pitcher, was touched for just three hits. She walked two and struck out five, and the Cowgirls' one run in the fourth inning was unearned.
WCHS trails Iowa Falls-Alden by two games in the loss column, so defending its conference title is going to be difficult. But Howard says her team remains upbeat.
"The girls come out focused every game," she said. "Iowa Falls has got seven conference games this week, so anything can still happen."
WCHS will travel to Humboldt today to finish up a game that was suspended last week because of rain. The contest will resume at 4 p.m. in the top of the fifth inning with the Lynx in front, 3-1.