Lynx build big lead, keep it this time in win over Lions

Woodle, Flaws, McKinney, Miller and Whitehill all rip multiple hits for WCHS

WCHS shortstop Taylor McKinney fires across the diamond against Clear Lake on Monday. She had two hits in the Lynx 11-2 victory. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

CLEAR LAKE — The Incident, it’s not something Jess Howard or her players like to think about. And now that those demons have been exorcised, they won’t ever have to again.

For the second time in three weeks, the Webster City softball team built a sizable lead on North Central Conference rival Clear Lake Monday night. But unlike the first meeting, when the Lions reeled off a 12-run fifth inning en route to a seven-run win, the Lynx didn’t take their foot off the accelerator.

“Just knowing they had that one big inning (in the first meeting), the girls did a good job of staying focused and did a good job of not getting too hyped up,” Howard said after WCHS dismantled Clear Lake, 11-2, on the Lions home diamond.

WCHS (13-12, 5-6 NCC) rattled off 13 hits, as five players connected for two or more, and it never trailed. The Lynx seized the momentum for good with a six-run third inning and then tacked on two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

That was more than enough for freshman pitcher Jenna Miller, who stayed in command throughout her complete-game performance. Miller limited Clear Lake (9-11, 4-7 NCC) to six singles and allowed just one earned run. She walked one and struck out two.

WCHS freshman pitcher Jenna Miller goes to the plate with a pitch in the seventh inning against Clear Lake on Monday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Zoey Woodle went 3 for 4 at the dish and scored three runs in the win. Miller, Taylor McKinney and Cynthia Whitehill all put up 2 for 4 showings, and Haley Flaws went 2 for 5. Atlanta Hopp and Faith Anderson had one hit each, and Hopp drove in three runs.

WCHS touched Lions’ starting pitcher Rachel Thornton for five hits and sent 10 batters to the plate in the third frame. Anderson opened the flurry with a lead-off single, and Flaws and Woodle followed with knocks of their own. Miller provided the dagger — a two-RBI shot into the gap for a double to help the Lynx extend their lead to 7-1.

“The first time through the lineup, it took us a little while to get used to (Thornton’s) speed because it was a little slower than we’re used to seeing,” Howard said. “But they really timed her down the second time through and we had a really big inning.”

Flaws and Woodle smacked back-to-back singles again in the fifth and McKinney drove in a run on a fly out to extend the cushion to 9-2.

Hopp, who plated her first run in the third, belted a two-run double in the sixth.

WCHS was at East Sac County last night. The Lynx will return to conference play this evening with a road trip east to take on Iowa Falls-Alden at 7:30 p.m.

Webster City 11, Clear Lake 2

Monday at Clear Lake

Web City 106 002 2 — 11 13 2

Cl. Lake 100 010 0 — 2 6 4

Jenna Miller and Kaitlynn Seeley. Rachel Thornton, Chelsey Holck (3) and Kaylee Nosbisch. W — Miller. L — Thornton. 2B — WC: Miller, Taylor McKinney, Atlanta Hopp. Multiple hits — WC: Zoey Woodle (3), Miller, McKinney, Haley Flaws, Cynthia Whitehill. RBI — WC: Hopp (3), Miller (2), McKinney.