Lynx clip Boone in regular season finale
Moen twirls his 3rd consecutive shutout, Tanner provides all the offense needed with solo HR
BOONE — Call it intuition or a gut feeling, whatever you want. But Webster City head baseball coach Adison Kehoe was certain of one thing as his team prepared for its regular season finale here Tuesday night: He was going to see a pitching gem.
Truth time: With the way Cameron Moen has been slinging the ball over the past month, Kehoe wasn’t exactly stepping out on a ledge with his prediction.
This time, it was Boone’s turn to be mystified.
Moen ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 1⁄3 with a complete-game, two-hit masterpiece in Webster City’s 1-0 victory over the Toreadors. The senior right-hander, who improved to 3-1 on the season, hasn’t given up a run since June 5th. Over his last 13 1⁄3 innings of work, he’s surrendered just three hits.
Moen lowered his team-best ERA to 1.08, but he had plenty of help. With just two strikeouts, the Lynx defense was stellar in a supporting role and played error-free.
“The boys are locked in right now,” Kehoe said after his club won its second game in as many days. “This is back-to-back games where we’ve played well and they’re ready (for the postseason).”
Jordan Tanner provided all of the offense WCHS (16-5) would need with a second-inning solo home run, his first of the season, off Boone hurler Spencer Wilkening. Moen took over from there.
Moen, who needed just 82 pitches to go the distance, retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. A Jackson Smith single broke it up with two outs, and the Toreadors (21-8) received a seventh-inning double from Derek Rhinehart.
And that was it.
“He’s not a thrower, he’s an absolute pitcher,” Kehoe said of Moen. “When his stuff is on like it has been for his last couple of starts, he’s dang near impossible to hit. When he’s low and away with his pitches, as Boone realized (Tuesday night), it’s really hard to barrel his ball up.
“I’m spoiled rotten because I just have a complete pitching staff.”
Wilkening, who lost for just the second time in seven starts, was filthy as well. WCHS tagged him for just three hits — Romel Martinez led off the game with a double and Max Hackbarth added a sixth-inning single — and went down on strikes seven times. Wilkening walked just one.
“We didn’t go against a slouch, that’s for sure,” Kehoe said.
The pitching duel pushed the game to its conclusion in less than 80 minutes.
WCHS will now turn its attention to Friday’s Class 3A district semifinal against Perry (8-11). That contest will be held at Lynx Field and is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Boone is the No. 1 seed in the substate, while WCHS drew the No. 2 seed.
Webster City 1, Boone 0
Tuesday at Boone
Web City 010 000 0 — 1 3 0
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Cameron Moen and Jordan Tanner. Spencer Wilkening and Jackson Smith. W — Moen. L — Wilkening. 2B — WC: Romel Martinez; BO: Derek Rhinehart. HR — WC: Tanner. RBI — WC: Tanner.