No. 2 Humboldt jumps on Lynx early, cruises

WCHS comes to life offensively; Whitehill blasts 2-run home run in loss

Webster City junior Haley Flaws (right) slides into second with a stolen base during the first inning against fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt Wednesday evening. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City softball team was unable to come out on top after a hard-fought game against second-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt on Wednesday night.

Humboldt left Webster City with a 9-3 North Central Conference victory over the Lynx.

Take out the first two innings and it would have been a whole different ball game. At the start of the game, the Wildcats (14-1, 7-1 NCC) stacked up six runs within the first two innings.

Jenna Miller came in to relieve WCHS starting pitcher Erin Bahrenfuss during the second inning and stayed at the mound for the remainder of the game. Confident behind Miller, the Lynx put on a very solid defensive show and made zero errors during the game.

“We had a lot of good plays and we helped our pitchers out,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “They had some hard hit balls that we made plays on and kept their runners on first base.”

WCHS shortstop Taylor McKinney (left) cuts off a throw from catcher Cynthia Whitehill as Humboldt’s Avery Terwilliger goes into second on Wednesday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

In the bottom of the fourth inning, a hard hit shot to right-center field placed Taylor McKinney safely on first base for the Lynx. McKinney went on to score the first run for WCHS (2-10, 2-6 NCC) after a wild pitch went behind Humboldt catcher Kelsey Peters.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Wildcats put up two more runs to build an 8-1 lead when Halie George smacked the ball out to the left-field fence that scored Mady Lange and Taylor Gidel.

Starting the bottom of the sixth inning for the Lynx, Cassidy Nerland sent the ball steaming down the third base line for a double. One hitter later, Cynthia Whitehill stepped up to the plate and blasted the ball over the fence in left for a two-run home run.

Despite the impressive offensive performance during the sixth inning, the Lynx still trailed, 8-3.

“That’s a high caliber team that we went up against,” Howard said. “For us to have the offensive power late in the innings and be able to come out like that was huge for us.”

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

The Wildcats plated one more run in the seventh inning.

WCHS will travel south to take part in the Martensdale-St. Marys tournament on Saturday. The Lynx will face Southeast Valley, MSM and Des Moines North.

Humboldt 9, Webster City 3

Wednesday at Webster City

Humboldt 330 020 1 — 9 9 1

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Webster City 000 102 0 — 3 6 0

Ellie Jacobson and Kelsey Peters. Erin Bahrenfuss, Jenna Miller (2) and Cynthia Whitehill. W — Jacobson. L — Bahrenfuss, Miller. 2B — HUM: Jacobson; WC: Cassidy Nerland. HR — WC: Whitehill. RBI — HUM: Avery Terwilliger (3), Jacobson (2), Halie George (2); WC: Whitehill (2).