WEBSTER CITY - Webster City did everything it could in the middle innings to give away a North Central Conference game last night at Lynx Field.
Humboldt then returned the favor when the contest was on the line.
Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the league-leading and 14th-ranked (Class 4A) Lynx rallied with three runs to knot it up at 4 and then completed the improbable comeback with a run in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 5-4 victory.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City sophomore catcher Maddie Anderson (left) and senior pitcher Kaitlyn Biere share a laugh midway through last night’s NCC contest against Humboldt. The Lynx rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win the game, 5-4.
The two teams combined to make eight errors, half of them coming in their opponent's big inning. WCHS (16-6, 10-1 NCC) made two miscues in Humboldt's four-run fourth and the Wildcats (12-6, 6-4 NCC) matched that total in the Lynx three-run sixth.
It all led WCHS head coach Jess Howard to breathe a big sigh of relief when it was over.
"It was crucial for us to get through this game," she said. "If you put the ball in play you make them make the mistakes, and in those sixth and seventh innings we did a good job of putting the ball in play."
WEBSTER CITY 5, HUMBOLDT 4
Wednesday at Webster City
Humboldt000 400 0-4 4 5
Webster City100 003 1-5 6 3
Avery Terwilliger and Sarah Peters. Kaitlyn Biere and Maddie Anderson. W-Biere. L-Terwilliger. 2B-WC: Biere. RBI-WC: Mikaleh McCoy, Abbey Fuhs, Allie Flaws.
Tiffany Constable raced home with the winning run after she stole third and Humboldt threw the ball into the outfield. Constable jumped aboard on the fifth and final Wildcat error.
WCHS finished with six hits off eighth-grade pitcher Avery Terwilliger, but the Lynx were never able to get their power game in gear. Only Kaitlyn Biere found the gap on a first-inning double, and she scored moments later on a Mikaleh McCoy single to left.
"(Terwilliger) does a good job of hitting her spots," Howard said. "It's not overpowering, but it's inside and outside constantly and she made us pop up a lot of balls."
Abbey Fuhs and Allie Flaws smacked back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth to bring the Lynx back to even. McCoy had the most success; she finished 3-for-3.
Biere earned career victory No. 89 by giving up just four hits and one earned run. She struck out eight.
Humboldt did all of its damage in the fourth while keeping the ball on the infield.
"A lot of teams are taking advantage of us having a defensive lapse in one inning," Howard said. "We've got to stay focused for seven innings, for 21 outs."
WCHS will take a night off before facing another stern test on Friday against Algona Bishop Garrigan. The first pitch from Lynx Field is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.