BLAIRSBURG - Dylan Fielder is steadily pushing himself up the Webster City pitching rotation.
A couple more performances like the one he turned in last Thursday and the sophomore right-hander will become an invaluable member of the staff.
Fielder worked quickly and efficiently, mowing down one Northeast Hamilton batter after another for the first no-hitter of his career in the Lynx 13-0, 5-inning rout of their smaller Hamilton County rival.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Webster City sophomore pitcher Dylan Fielder sends a fastball screaming towards the plate against Northeast Hamilton last Thursday in Blairsburg. The right-hander tossed the first no-hitter of his prep career, as he helped the Lynx roll to a 13-0, 5-inning victory over the Trojans.
"Dylan throws pretty hard, he was around the plate and he worked quickly," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said. "That's what we needed on a hot night like (Thursday)."
Fielder sat down seven Trojans on strikes while walking just two. His defense committed just one error behind him, but Northeast Hamilton was never able to threaten the shutout.
WCHS (7-19) - winners of two straight - scored in each of its first four at bats off Trojans' starter Logan Seiser and reliever Gabe Rapp. The Lynx led 3-0 after two innings and then exploded for six in the third and four more in the fourth to put the contest out of reach.
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Dylan Fielder and Doug Stoakes, John Ferrell (5). Logan Seiser, Gabe Rapp (4) and Rapp, Jacob Ratzke (4). W-Fielder. L-Seiser. 2B-WC: Garrett Gourley. RBI-WC: Stoakes (2), Trey Tesdahl (2), Fielder, Caleb Crouthamel.
Four of the visitor's 10 hits came in the six-run third. Garrett Gourley opened the outburst with a double, while Trey Tesdahl, Jonny Davis and Sam Mossman all laced singles.
NEH committed two of its four errors in the third inning.
"Good things happen when you put the ball in play," McGrane said. "We only had three strikeouts, and any time that number is down under five we're pretty pleased."
Davis led the offensive barrage with three hits and three runs scored in three plate appearances. Tesdahl added two RBIs on his base hit, Doug Stoakes knocked in two with a single, and Fielder and Caleb Crouthamel pitched in RBI base hits.
Lucas Daniels recorded a hit in his only at bat.
WCHS will wrap up its regular season early this week before it gets set to take on ADM of Adel in a Class 3A district semifinal in Saydel on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Lynx will close out its North Central Conference schedule tonight at home against Iowa Falls-Alden, followed by a non-conference date at Lynx Field with Boone on Tuesday.