HAMPTON - An early blast put Webster City on the correct path in a North Central Conference contest here last night.
But the Lynx quickly veered off that path when their bats went silent.
Hampton-Dumont pitcher Ashlyn Hansen limited Webster City to just three hits while putting up goose eggs over the final six innings and the Bulldogs pulled off the mild league upset, 3-2.
WCHS (14-16, 10-4 NCC) lost its third straight game and likely sealed its fate in its quest for back-to-back conference championships.
"Offensively it was not our best performance," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "We weren't able to hit the ball and find the gaps like we needed to to win the game."
Mikaleh McCoy went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, the first coming in the opening inning when she lashed a Hansen offering off the fence in left field. Kaylee Schnathorst followed with her fifth home run of the season - a two-run shot to left-center - to put the Lynx in front, 2-0.
HAMPTON-DUMONT 3, WEBSTER CITY 2
Tuesday at Hampton
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Mikaleh McCoy and Catie Boyd. Ashlyn Hansen and Charlie Ann Meyers. W-Hansen. L-McCoy. 2B-WC: McCoy (2). HR - WC: Kaylee Schnathorst. RBI-WC: Schnathorst (2).
Schnathorst also went 2-for-3 at the dish. She currently sits with a team-high 27 RBIs on the season.
Hampton-Dumont (11-10, 6-8 NCC) cut its deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the first and then seized control for good with the tying and go-ahead runs in the third.
McCoy worked six innings in the pitcher's circle for the Lynx. She limited the Bulldogs to three hits and she struck out three. McCoy also walked three batters, two of which came around to score.
WCHS will face a pair of tests today when it takes on Eagle Grove in a make-up game at Lynx Field at 10 a.m. Tonight the Lynx will travel to Fort Dodge to tackle sixth-ranked (Class 2A) and league-leading St. Edmond at 7:30 p.m.
"We just have to make sure we're ready to play right away in that first inning whether the game is at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.," Howard said.