WEBSTER CITY - Senior Night turned into Forget It Night pretty quickly for the Webster City baseball team last night at Lynx Field.
Actually, the Lynx would just as soon erase the entire North Central Conference season.
Iowa Falls-Alden spotted Webster City a run in the first inning, and then the Cadets put the pedal to the floor. They exploded for six runs in the second inning to take the lead for good in a 13-1 rout.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City sophomore Trey Tesdahl (1) slides safely into the plate with the first run of the game against Iowa Falls-Alden last night at Lynx Field. WCHS led 1-0 after one inning, only to watch the Cadets to score 13 unanswered runs in a 13-1 North Central Conference victory.
It was the final league tussle of the season for both teams. Iowa Falls-Alden (17-9, 12-6 NCC) finished third in the standings, while WCHS (7-20, 3-15) settled for the back of the 10-team pack.
"It's like I told the kids after the game: There's no sense in dwelling on it now," WCHS head coach Seth McGrane said of the frustrating conference campaign. "We just need to flush it and move on."
The Cadets rolled up nine hits off four Lynx pitchers - Trey Tesdahl started but lasted just one inning en route to the loss, while Jonny Davis, Ben Mossman and Cody Jondal all worked in relief - highlighted by a game-changing three-run double down the left field line by Parker Reynolds in the second inning that expanded their lead to 5-1.
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Jordan Borkowski, Christian Peterson (4) and Josh Hoover. Trey Tesdahl, Jonny Davis (2), Ben Mossman (4), Cody Jondal (7) and Doug Stoakes. W-Borkowski. L-Tesdahl. 2B-WC: Davis. RBI-WC: Davis.
They had three hits, and took advantage of two walks in the second frame. But WCHS also helped the visitor's cause with three consecutive errors - part of a seven-miscue evening.
Only two of Iowa Falls-Alden's 13 runs were earned.
"The second inning obviously hurt us," McGrane said. "We fell behind in the count and it's tough when the other team has good hitters. If we didn't get ahead, (IF-A's) hitters made us pay."
It stayed 9-1 until the sixth when the Cadets added a single run. They added insult to injury with three more runs in the seventh.
WCHS rung up just three hits off Cadet hurlers Jordan Borkowski and Christian Peterson - the top two arms on the staff. Borkowski gave up two of those hits before he handed off to Peterson in the fourth.
Jonny Davis, one of six seniors on the WCHS roster, drove in the Lynx lone run in the first inning. With Trey Tesdahl aboard via an error, McGrane put the hit-in-run in motion and Davis rocked a liner through the hole on the left side of the infield as Cadets' shortstop Ryan Prochaska raced over to cover second. IF-A left fielder Hunter Heitland was unable to see the ball - he was looking right into the sun - as it skipped by him and that allowed Tesdahl to score all the way from first.
Caleb Crouthamel, another senior, accounted for the other two hits. He roped a base hit up the middle to lead-off the bottom of the second, and he added another single later in the game.
WCHS will close out the regular season this evening at home against Boone at 7:30 p.m.. On Friday, the purple and gold will travel to Saydel High School to face ADM Adel in a Class 3A district semifinal at 5 p.m.