WEBSTER CITY - Cal Zahn, go ahead and take a bow. You deserve it.
Boy, do you ever deserve it.
Down to his final strike with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Zahn - a Webster City sophomore - unleashed a moon ball to straightaway left field that cleared the fence and brought the Lynx even with red-hot Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 4-4, last night at Lynx Field.
WCHS went on to win the game, 5-4, on a wild pitch in the eighth for its fourth consecutive victory, the third straight North Central Conference win.
It was Zahn's first career varsity home run and it couldn't have come at a better time.
"It's one of those things where sometimes you don't know why things are happening when they're going bad or good ... I don't even want to figure it out right now because it's just going our way," WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. "It was a great moment for Cal, and once we got it tied I was confident we were eventually going to get them."
WEBSTER CITY 5, ST. EDMOND 4 (8 INN.)
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Hank Crimmins, Jason Setterdahl (7) and Ryan Szalat. Cameron Gordon, Seth Crouthamel (5), Cole Reigelsberger (8) and Nelson Ball. W-Reigelsberger. L-Setterdahl. HR-WC: Cal Zahn. RBI-WC: Zahn, Trey Tesdahl, Tanner Crouch.
Ben Mossman scored the winning run and the celebration started. He reached base on a base hit, eventually made his way to third and then raced home on Jason Setterdahl's pitch that was off the mark.
St. Edmond (10-10, 5-6 NCC) - winners of seven straight entering the game - led 4-1 after 4 innings, but managed just five hits on the night off WCHS (6-11, 4-6 NCC) pitchers Cameron Gordon, Seth Crouthamel and Cole Reigelsberger.
The Lynx plated two runs in the fifth, keyed by a lead-off single by Tyler Lockwood on the first pitch of the inning.
WCHS finished with seven hits. Trey Tesdahl, Nelson Ball, Daniel Halko and Tanner Crouch also singled. Crouch collected one RBI.
Reigelsberger took over on the mound in the eighth and shut the Gaels down for the win.
"I don't know if it's fully sunk in yet," Smock said.
WCHS will go for its fifth straight win on Friday when it entertains Iowa Falls-Alden at Lynx Field. The first pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.