HAMPTON - The players were chirping and the dugout was buzzing for the Webster City baseball team after one inning last night at Lynx Field.
After that there just wasn't much - if anything - to smile about.
Leading 4-0 after the opening frame, Webster City was unable to muster much offense and Hampton-Dumont came alive, as the Bulldogs ended a seven-game losing streak and added a fourth consecutive loss for the Lynx, 16-6.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS shortstop Jonny Davis (back) waits on the throw as Hampton-Dumont’s Drew Anderson slides into second with a stolen base last night at Lynx Field.
Hampton-Dumont (9-13, 6-8 NCC) roughed up WCHS pitcher Jesse Hedeen - who was making his first-ever start - for five runs in the second inning, and the Lynx sent four others - Cody Jondal, Trey Tesdahl, Ben Mossman and Dylan Fielder to the bump to no avail.
The Lynx pitchers combined to issue 16 walks, and they also hit two batters. Throw in the four defensive errors and Hampton-Dumont was issued 22 free bases in the contest.
"There were too many walks, too many hit batters and too many errors," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said. "They have three or four guys that can hit the ball pretty well, so when you give them second and third chances they're going to take advantage, and that's what they did (last night)."
Hampton-Dumont051 045 1-16 11 1
Webster City400 002 0- 6 9 4
Bailey Miller, Kyle Kent (6) and Anthony Schnabel. Jesse Hedeen, Cody Jondal (2), Trey Tesdahl (5), Ben Mossman (5), Dylan Fielder (7) and Doug Stoakes, John Ferrell (7). W-Miller. L-Hedeen. 2B-WC: Garrett Gourley. RBI-WC: Fielder, Caleb Crouthamel, Gourley (2).
The Bulldogs also rattled off five extra-base hits - four doubles and a triple.
Down 15-4 in the bottom of the sixth, WCHS (5-16, 2-11 NCC) avoided the 10-run rule by plating a pair of runs on a two-RBI double off the bat of Garrett Gourley. The senior left fielder went 2-for-4, as did Fielder in the clean-up position. Fielder also collected an RBI.
Nelson Ball went 2-for-2 at the dish, Caleb Crouthamel and Doug Stoakes were both 1-for-3, and Tesdahl went 1-for-4. Crouthamel also drove in a run.
WCHS will try again on Friday when it welcomes fifth-ranked (Class 1A) Algona Bishop Garrigan to Lynx Field for a varsity doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.