BOONE - Lulls are the part of the game for most softball teams. The key is finding your way out.
Webster City continued to search for that exit to no avail here last night, as the Lynx scored a run in their first at bat, but could generate nothing else in a 6-1 non-conference loss to Boone.
WCHS (10-8) has dropped six of its last nine games and last night was its second loss to Boone this season. The Toreadors (14-7) prevailed 8-2 when the two teams met at the Ogden tournament on May 31.
"You usually have a dry spell in there (during the season) and we're hoping we'll be able to overcome that," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "You don't have any time to dwell on a loss because you've got the next game the next night most of the time in softball. So hopefully we'll come out and play well (tonight at) Clear Lake."
Lead-off hitter Allie Flaws walked to open the game and eventually raced to the plate on an RBI sacrifice fly by Mikaleh McCoy.
But Boone hurler Sam McIlwain offered up little else. The Lynx managed just two hits - singles by McCoy and Catie Boyd.
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Gabbi Hoversten and Catie Boyd. Sam McIlwain and Laura Anderson. W-McIlwain. L-Hoversten. RBI-WC: Mikaleh McCoy.
"She wasn't throwing something we couldn't get caught up to," Howard said. "We just had a hard time keeping ourselves loaded up and balanced. We did a lot of hitting off our front leg and we were over-swinging at the ball."
Sophomore right-hander Gabbi Hoversten made just her second start of the season in the pitcher's circle. Boone slapped six hits and took advantage of four walks.
Hoversten struck out one.
"She did a good job of hitting her spots and making them put the ball in play," Howard said of Hoversten. "They were able to get the timely hits they needed to score runs."
Boone took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the first, then added one run in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Tonight's first pitch from Clear Lake is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Note: Monday's suspended game against Humboldt will be made up next Tuesday, June 24 when WCHS travels to Humboldt for a regularly scheduled game.
The two teams will pick up the suspended game in the third inning with the Wildcats on top 5-0. Following its completion they will play another varsity contest.