CLEAR LAKE - Twelve more hits led to yet another easy North Central Conference victory for the red-hot Webster City softball team here last night.
The Lynx didn't score early as they've been accustomed to lately, but they eventually began to roll in an 8-0 blanking of Clear Lake.
WCHS (7-2, 5-0) - winners of three straight - reeled off three runs in the third inning to take control, and then added four in the sixth and one in the seventh. Head coach Jess Howard's club has now outscored its league opponents 55-1.
"We didn't put the runs on the board early, but we were hitting the ball hard," Howard said. "If you keep doing that then eventually you're going to start getting hits, and the girls stuck with it and eventually the ball started to drop for us."
Kaylee Schnathorst, Tiffany Constable, Mikaleh McCoy, Erin Anderson and Allie Flaws all ripped two hits in the rout. Maddie Anderson and Hannah Myers added singles.
Schnathorst smacked a pair of doubles; her extra-base hit down the left-field line in the third inning plated two runs, and she added an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.
WEBSTER CITY 8, CLEAR LAKE 0
Thursday at Clear Lake
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Kaitlyn Biere and Maddie Anderson. Sara Barlow and Hannah Bartlett. W-Biere. L-Barlow. 2B-WC: Kaylee Schnathorst (2). RBI-WC: Schnathorst (3), Erin Anderson, Hannah Myers, Allie Flaws.
Erin Anderson, Myers and Flaws collected one RBI each.
As has been the case for the better part of five seasons, senior pitcher Kaitlyn Biere put it on auto pilot en route to her 81st career victory. She allowed just two hits and struck out nine.
WCHS will take a dramatic step up in competition this evening when it hosts fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Carlisle at 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats will be led onto the field by longtime coach and Webster City native Jim Flaws, who is the uncle of Allie Flaws, the Lynx freshman left fielder.