WEBSTER CITY - At bat by at bat, single by single, the Boone softball team chipped away at Webster City's confidence last Thursday night at Lynx Field.
And before the Lynx knew it, their season was nothing but a memory.
The Toreadors scored a run here, two runs there, another run there throughout the Class 4A Region 6 quarterfinal as they blasted Webster City, 8-1. Boone (21-20) finished with 13 hits off Lynx ace Kaitlyn Biere, including five hits that went for extra bases.
"They hit the ball well against us and it was just a little bit at a time," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "It wasn't one inning where it fell completely apart, but a little every inning catches up to you."
Boone scored one run in the first inning, but it was how the Toreadors scored that really set the tone for the rest of the contest. A line drive back up the middle ricocheted off Biere's right hand - her pitching hand - and it left the junior in pain the rest of the night.
"She pitched and finished the game out, but it was definitely hurting her," Howard said. "Her fingers were pretty swollen."
Boone102 120 2-8 13 0
Webster City000 010 0-1 3 4
Paige Prokopp and Tacie Blunk. Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. W-Prokopp. L-Biere. 2B-BO: Bry Wisecup (2), Lauren Weber, Carrie Overland, Tasha Faulkner. RBI-BO: Amanda Widener (2), Weber, Ashley Wheeler, Overland, Bailey Schminke; WC: Schnathorst.
Bry Wisecup rocked Biere for two doubles, and Amanda Widener drove in two runs for the Toreadors.
It was 6-0 in Boone's favor when WCHS (20-14) finally got on the board. Chelsey Wagoner walked, stole second and then raced around to score on Kaylee Schnathorst's RBI base hit to right field.
Biere went 2-for-2, but Toreador hurler Paige Prokopp owned the rest of the Lynx lineup. Her three-hit, complete-game gem featured 10 strikeouts.
"We had way too many strikeouts and let (Prokopp) control the game," Howard said.
The season didn't end the way the Lynx had hoped, but Howard says the team made plenty of progress over the course of the season. And she's optimistic about the future, as the entire lineup and several injured starters will all return next season.
"I was very happy with how we progressed as the season went on, and hopefully the girls can carry that into next season," Howard said. "We'll start today getting ready for next season."
NOTE: Boone went on to drop a 2-0 decision to second-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes (32-5) on Saturday in the regional semifinal in Dallas Center. The Fillies will face Newton in the regional final on Tuesday in Marshalltown.