Hackbarth continues to have H-D’s number, Lynx roll to 10th win
Senior southpaw goes distance and fans 10; Olson gets chance at plate, laces 2 hits
HAMPTON — Tyler Olson finally got his chance. And he capitalized.
A mainstay in the Webster City starting outfield, but without a single varsity at bat this season, Olson, a freshman, finally got the chance to swing the stick against Hampton-Dumont last night. It’s safe to say he impressed head coach Adison Kehoe after he went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored in the Lynx 5-0 North Central Conference victory over the Bulldogs.
“He produced well,” Kehoe said of Olson. “Sometimes it can get frustrating if you’re on varsity and not hitting, but he’s a kid that’s really rose to the occasion in the batting cage and getting his work in. He’s done nothing but good things and he’s making it impossible for me not to put him in the lineup.”
Playing for the first time in nearly a week and since it lost to Humboldt last Friday, WCHS (10-2, 6-1 NCC) stayed at the top of the league standings behind nine hits and yet another quality pitching performance from senior southpaw Max Hackbarth, who won his 11th consecutive start and improved to 4-0 this season.
Hackbarth went the distance and limited Hampton-Dumont (6-9, 3-5 NCC) to just three hits — all singles by Drew Uhlenhopp and Dustin Miller. Leaning on first-strike pitches to 19 batters, Hackbarth fanned 10.
Over the last two seasons, Hackbarth is 4-0 against the Bulldogs. In 23 innings of work, he’s allowed just 10 hits and two earned runs to go along with — are you ready for this? — 49 strikeouts.
Dylan Steen and Jordan Tanner joined Olson with two hits and both drove in two runs. Noah McKinney belted a double, while Romel Martinez and Nick Hackbarth added singles.
WCHS put up one run in the first inning on a RBI single by Tanner that plated McKinney, who roped a one-out double. That was all the Lynx needed, but they went on to plate two runs in the third and then single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
Tanner lined another RBI single in the third. Steen also drove in a run with a base knock in the inning.
Nick Hackbarth drove in a run as well.
WCHS will return home this evening to take on Algona at 7:30 p.m.
Webster City 5, Hampton-Dumont 0
Thursday at Hampton
Webster City 102 110 0 — 5 9 0
Hampton-Dumont 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Max Hackbarth and Jordan Tanner. Quinn Logan, Dustin Miller (6) and Zarek Mahler. W — M. Hackbarth. L — Logan. 2B — WC: Noah McKinney, Tyler Olson. Multiple hits — WC: Tanner, T. Olson, Dylan Steen; H-D: Drew Uhlenhopp. RBI — WC: Steen (2), Tanner (2), Nick Hackbarth.