ALGONA - The Algona baseball team has lived on the edge all season, yet somehow the Bulldogs continue to find ways to succeed.
Particularly in the North Central Conference.
Algona spotted Webster City a three-run lead after a half inning Friday night, but the Bulldogs responded and eventually jumped ahead for an 8-6 victory.
Algona (13-4, 8-0 NCC) improved to 5-1 in one- and two-run games this season, including 4-0 against conference opponents. The Bulldogs remained tied atop the league standings with second-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake; the two leaders will meet on back-to-back days July 7 and 8 to decide who takes ownership of the hardware.
WCHS (5-8, 2-6 NCC) was its own worst enemy, as four errors led to four unearned runs.
"The errors just cost us ... when you're facing the conference leader that can really swing it, you can't give them extra outs," WCHS head coach Troy Smock said after his club dropped its fifth straight game and seventh in its last eight outings. "We've been battling the last week really hard, but we're not executing well enough to overcome some of our mistakes."
ALGONA 8, WEBSTER CITY 6
Friday at Algona
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Algona303 200 x-8 7 2
Daniel Halko, Seth Crouthamel (4) and Jordan Moen. Austin Long, Tyler Frideres (4) and Weston Shaw. W-Frideres. L-Halko. 2B-WC: Dylan Fielder. RBI-WC: Crouthamel, Dy. Fielder, Drew Fielder, Ben Mossman, Alec Fuhs.
The Lynx out hit Algona, 12-6, and seven players recorded at least one hit. Eight of the nine players in the lineup had either a hit or RBI.
"We're getting contributions from everyone," Smock said. "Throughout the lineup guys are getting it done, so that's big."
Dylan Fielder led the WCHS offense with three hits, including a double, and an RBI. Ben Mossman also roped three hits - all singles - and plated a run. Drew Fielder added two base knocks and an RBI.
Alec Fuhs and Doug Stoakes chipped in RBI singles; Trey Tesdahl and Daniel Halko both had one hit, and Seth Crouthamel drove in a run.
Halko took the loss on the bump after going 32?3 innings. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out four.
Crouthamel took over in the fourth and shut Algona down the remainder of the way. The lefty gave up just one hit and fanned four over his 21?3 innings of work.
WCHS will try to get back on track tonight when it hosts Clarion-Goldfield at Lynx Field at 7:30 p.m.