HUMBOLDT - The Webster City baseball team came a play or two away from upsetting one of the top teams in the North Central Conference during Game 1 of a doubleheader here last night.
But any visions of an upset in the nightcap were put to rest early.
Humboldt withstood a furious rally by the Lynx to hang on to Game 1, 7-6. The Wildcats busted out 10 hits and rode the strong pitching of Chris Witzke to a dominant 10-1 victory in Game 2.
"Not to take anything away from them, but in that first game there were some plays that we just didn't quite make offensively and defensively," WCHS head coach Troy Smock said. "But we hung with them and battled.
"In Game 2 the wheels just fell off. The Witzke kid is really good and we didn't look good."
WCHS (11-11, 6-9 NCC) laced nine hits in the opener and had a chance to tie it up in the bottom of the seventh inning. Doug Stoakes opened the frame with a single and then trucked around the bases on a double by Alec Fuhs. Smock sent Stoakes home on the hit, but Humboldt made the throw and recorded the out easily at the plate.
HUMBOLDT 7, WEBSTER CITY 6
Monday at Humboldt
Humboldt021 103 0-7 11 3
Webster City010 023 0-6 9 1
Austin Zylstra and Brenden Schnell. Cameron Gordon, Seth Crouthamel (6) and Jordan Moen. W-Zylstra. L-Gordon. 2B-WC: Ben Mossman, Alec Fuhs. HR-WC: Cal Zahn. RBI-WC: Zahn (2), Mossman, Moen, Crouthamel.
HUMBOLDT 10, WEBSTER CITY 1
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Webster City000 100 0- 1 5 2
Humboldt003 151 x-10 10 0
Seth Crouthamel, Ben Mossman (3), Cole Reigelsberger (5), Alec Fuhs (6) and Jordan Moen. Chris Witzke and Brenden Schnell. W-Witzke. L-Crouthamel. RBI-WC: Drew Fielder.
Cal Zahn cranked a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Jordan Moen and Trey Tesdahl both slapped two hits and Moen plated a run.
Witzke never gave WCHS a chance to compete in the nightcap. The hard-throwing right hander fanned 11 batters and allowed just five hits - all singles.
Drew Fielder had two of the Lynx hits and drove in the team's only run on a fourth-inning base knock.