Lynx season ends at hands of NCC rival Humboldt in 4A regional quarters

HUMBOLDT – Already sitting on a two-run cushion, Humboldt put any potential thoughts of a rally to rest with seven runs in the top of the seventh inning en route to a postseason victory on its home diamond last night.

The Wildcats piled up the hits in their last at bat and decisively handled Webster City, 9-0, in a Class 4A Region 2 quarterfinal. Humboldt (20-10) advanced to Saturday’s regional semifinal in Dallas Center against ninth-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes. The Lynx (13-20) ended the season on a four-game skid.

“They took advantage of the opportunities given to them and we didn’t,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “We were able to get people on, but we couldn’t string hits together and move them around.”

Humboldt smacked 11 hits off Lynx pitcher Gabbi Hoversten. But the junior right-hander was crippled by four errors that led to seven unearned runs.

WCHS collected seven hits, including two each from Allie Flaws and Catie Boyd. Flaws had the team’s only extra-base hit – a double.

Mikaleh McCoy, Cassidy Nerland and Courtney Lampman all added singles.

Taylor Gidel punctuated Humboldt’s landslide win with a three-run home run in the seventh.