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Sleepwalk early, wide awake late

WEBSTER CITY — The message came through loud and clear, first when the players were in the field in the top of the third inning and again as they huddled just outside the dugout door prior to batting in the bottom half of the third. Wake up. That’s what Webster City head baseball ...

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City fell one run short against Hampton-Dumont on the softball diamond on Monday night. The Bulldogs left Webster City victorious after beating the Lynx, 5-4. Webster City was silent throughout most of the game, but went out with a bang. The Lynx succeeded ...

Hawks out play No. 8 Mustangs, but lose

ROLAND — The irritation — and that’s putting it nicely — was apparent on the faces of the South Hamilton softball players as they exited the dugout and looked for a shaded spot to decompress on a steamy afternoon Friday. In control from the moment Alissa Moss cranked a lead-off solo ...

Lynx drop first two games, then end long skid at tourney

MARTENSDALE — A couple costly errors in the opening game were the difference between a 2-1 and 1-2 day for the Webster City softball team at Saturday’s Martensdale-St. Marys Tournament. The Lynx had five wobbles in the field that ended their chances of knocking off Southeast Valley in ...

TEAM TO BEAT

WEBSTER CITY — Adison Kehoe put himself out on a ledge back in January when he addressed his baseball players at an informal get together. “I told my boys, ‘You guys are the best team in the North Central Conference if you play to your ability.’ Point blank, that’s what I said,” ...

No. 2 Humboldt jumps on Lynx early, cruises

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 ...

SH softball bats say loud in 5-inning rout of Tigers

GILBERT — A four-run first inning set the South Hamilton softball team on a path to its second consecutive victory here Wednesday night. The Hawks (10-4, 6-4 HOIC) ripped three hits in the opening frame and 14 in all en route to an 11-1, five-inning throttling of Gilbert in Heart of Iowa ...

Hawks give up too many free bases in lopsided loss to Gilbert

GILBERT — Nine free bases on six walks and three plunked batters wounded the South Hamilton baseball team enough that it was unable to hang with Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert Wednesday night. The freebies, combined with eight hits that included a double and a pair of triples, ...

One. Long. Week.

WEBSTER CITY — It’s Hell Week for head coach Jess Howard and her Webster City softball team, there’s just no other way to say it. Three ranked opponents in three days for a Lynx squad that was heaped in frustrations long before the elite teams started to show up. “(The players) ...

Hewitt goes yard, Hawks win

JEWELL — It took quality, not quantity, to pull the South Hamilton baseball team out of a three-week slump at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Tuesday night. The Hawks didn’t generate a bunch of hits — just four, to be exact — but they made them all count in a 9-6 non-conference ...

Slump Buster

ALLEMAN — Alissa Moss didn’t mean any harm when she blasted a shot right back at North Polk pitcher Sophie Swygman to open the third inning Monday night. The ball careened off the sophomore and appeared to shake her nerves more than anything else. But that one liner was the opening ...

Mad Max: Hackbarth unhittable again

FORT DODGE — It was only three years ago that Max Hackbarth’s future on the mound was very much in question. Just months before entering high school, the now Webster City junior southpaw went through major surgery on his pitching arm to replace a piece of cartilage that had snapped. ...

Lynx fast start quickly overshadowed, Gaels take NCC softball contest

FORT DODGE — Webster City’s first four batters reached base and three of them scored before the North Central Conference softball contest was even 10 minutes old here Monday night. A three-run first inning immediately put thoughts of ending a recent drought in the minds of the Lynx ...

Balderas accounts for all of Hawks offense in loss

JEWELL — It was another frustrating night at the ballpark for the South Hamilton baseball team Monday evening, as the Hawks dropped their seventh consecutive contest, all against Heart of Iowa Conference foes. North Polk unleashed a five-run third inning and then exploded for four more in ...

Lynx hold their own against No. 13 Carlisle

WEBSTER CITY — Erin Bahrenfuss has been connected to Webster City softball her entire life thanks to parents, Kevin and Trish, who have coached inside the program since before their youngest child was born. She’s seen plenty of the Carlisle juggernaut over the years. She’s well aware ...

Norse take baseball slugfest over Hawks

JEWELL — South Hamilton struggled to get back on track Friday night, as the Hawks were unable to pull off the win against Roland-Story. After seven long and hard-fought innings, the Norsemen triumphed over the Hawks, 11-8. The Norsemen (11-6, 3-4 HOIC) got up on the Hawks early when ...

Norse hand Hawks third straight loss

JEWELL — For the third consecutive game, South Hamilton struggled at the plate against a Heart of Iowa Conference opponent at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Friday night. The team’s chances of winning a league championship all but evaporated in the process. Roland-Story (6-5, 4-4 ...

NCC-leading Lynx rough up Iowa Falls-Alden

IOWA FALLS — The scene was set for a host of excuses. A humbling loss less than 24 hours earlier. The absence the team’s senior heartbeat. If there was ever a time that the Webster City baseball team was going to have a North Central Conference letdown, this was probably it. Instead, ...