Hits, hits and more hits for Lynx in stomping of Raiders
Flaws 3 for 3, three RBIs at top of order
WALL LAKE — Haley Flaws is not exactly your run-of-the-mill slap hitter. Oh sure, the Webster City senior can chop the ball into the ground and use her wheels to beat out infield singles, but the minute opponents sneak closer to the batter’s box, she has them right where she wants them.
Hello, gap. Nice to meet you.
Although she’s right-handed and hits from the left side, Flaws has the talent to hit for decent power, something East Sac County found out the hard way Tuesday night.
Flaws laced two shots in between outfielders and finished a home run short of the cycle in the Lynx 12-0, three-inning blasting of Raiders.
“She did a great job of starting it off for us,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said of Flaws, the team’s lead-off hitter and leader with a .467 batting average. “If we can get her on and utilize her speed, we’re going to score most of the time.”
Flaws doubled in the first inning and scored. She smacked a single in the second and scored. She belted a triple in the third and, yep, you guessed it, scored again. Along the way she drove in three runs and stole her 32nd base of the season, which puts her third in Class 3A.
It was that kind of night for WCHS (14-12), which touched Raiders’ pitcher Kara Wilkins for 10 hits, five of which went for extra bases.
Hitting in the No. 9 spot, Atlanta Hopp went 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Taylor McKinney ripped a triple and plated two runs. Zoey Woodle and Kelly Stoakes both had a double and RBI. Jenna Miller and Faith Anderson added singles.
“It was good for the girls to have some offensive success,” Howard said. “They did a good job of coming out and not waiting until they got through the batting order once. We executed small ball and we hit for power.”
WCHS led 1-0 after one inning and 5-0 after two. In the third, the Lynx sent 10 batters to the plate and roughed up Wilkins for six hits en route to a seven-spot to put the finishing touches on the rout. Flaws, Woodle, McKinney and Stoakes cranked out consecutive extra-base hits during the flurry.
Hopp did the rest inside the pitcher’s circle, as the junior right-hander surrendered just one hit — a one-out single by Laryn Sharp in the second inning. Hopp walked three and struck out three.
The Lynx were at North Central Conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden on Wednesday. They’ll play two games at home today, first against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in a league make-up game at 4 p.m., followed by a regularly scheduled non-conference tussle against Eagle Grove at 7:30 p.m.
Web City 12, E. Sac County 0 (3)
Tuesday at Wall Lake
Web City 147 — 12 10 1
E. Sac Co. 000 — 0 1 1
Atlanta Hopp and Kaitlynn Seeley. Kara Wilkins and Bree Boeckman. W — Hopp. L — Wilkins. 2B — WC: Haley Flaws, Zoey Woodle, Kelly Stoakes. 3B — WC: Flaws, Taylor McKinney. Multiple hits — WC: Flaws (3), Hopp. RBI — WC: Flaws (3), McKinney (2), Hopp (2), Woodle, Stoakes.