Poky starts hot, trumps Lynx, 12-5

WEBSTER CITY – Webster City’s winless streak reached six games at Lynx Field last night, as an energized and aggressive Pocahontas Area club jumped ahead early and never relented in a 12-5 non-conference victory over the Lynx.

“I want to give Pocahontas (Area) a ton of credit,” WCHS head coach Mark Fisher said. “They also have a very young team and only have 12 guys total on the roster and they came out and played loose and aggressive and with a lot of confidence. They were the aggressors most of the night and that is a big reason why they won.”

As solid as the Indians were, WCHS (2-8) went in the other direction. The Lynx again struggled defensively with eight errors and three pitchers combined to walk eight batters.

“The nicest way I can put it is we were just flat,” Fisher said. “We lacked energy and effort … it’s hard to win when that is the case.”

Pocahontas Area (12-5) touched Lynx starting pitcher Dylan Steen for three runs in the first inning and the Indians tacked on two more in the second and third innings, followed by a five-run outburst in the fourth to take a 12-0 lead. WCHS responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

WCHS finished with nine hits, the same number that Pocahontas Area registered. Ty Schnathorst (double) and Corey Wagner (triple) had the game’s only extra-base hits for the Lynx. Schnathorst finished 2 for 3 with three RBI out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Wagner also went 2 for 3 with a RBI.

Romel Martinez added a pair of singles in the loss. Max Hackbarth roped a base hit and plated a run; Collin Oswald and Jordan Tanner singled as well.

Jace Davidson led the Indians with three RBI.

WCHS will take the weekend to regroup before heading to Iowa Falls on Monday for a North Central Conference date with the Cadets.