HUMBOLDT - Kaitlyn Biere has always been a defensive shining star for the Webster City softball team, but her game has now become a sight to see both in the pitching circle and in the batter's box.
And the Lynx needed her to do it all here last night.
The senior right-handed hurler was masterful in limiting Humboldt to just two hits and she came up with two of her own, including a double that scored the game's only run in a defensive-minded 1-0 North Central Conference victory.
WCHS (10-4, 6-0 NCC) remained as the last unbeaten in league play a third of the way into the season, but it wasn't easy.
"Every game has got to be a must-win situation, that's the mindset you have to have, and (last night) we did a good job of playing defense," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "Humboldt always brings a very sound team that knows what they're doing to the field and it was one of those situations where we really did win the game."
Neither team committed an error.
WEBSTER CITY 1, HUMBOLDT 0
Monday at Humboldt
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Humboldt000 000 0-0 2 0
Kaitlyn Biere and Maddie Anderson. Avery Terwilliger and Sarah Peters. W-Biere. L-Terwilliger. 2B-WC: Biere. RBI-WC: Biere.
The Lynx scored in the top of the sixth. Kaylee Schnathorst set the wheels in motion with a single and two batters later Biere crushed an Avery Terwilliger offering off the fence in left-center for the RBI double.
Biere finished 2-for-3. Erin Anderson had the team's only other hit - a single.
Terwilliger, an eighth grader, had the Lynx number, particularly early. She struck out five batters in the first two innings, had eight through three innings and finished with 11.
"We just couldn't quite get the timing correct, but we were able to score the one run we needed," Howard said. "We were just way ahead and swinging over the top of the ball."
Humboldt (8-4, 4-3 NCC) had less luck against Biere. She fanned six and no Wildcat moved past second base.
WCHS will be back at Lynx Field at 4 p.m. today to complete a suspended game with Hampton-Dumont. The game is tied at 1 and will start in the top of the second inning.
The Lynx will then host Boone in non-conference play. The junior varsity game is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by the varsity tilt.