Steen’s dominance of Cadets continues, Lynx baseball rebounds for 13th victory

Junior pitcher fans 11 in complete-game shutout, has 25 in two outings against IF-A

IOWA FALLS — To say Dylan Steen has Iowa Falls-Alden’s number would be the understatement of the season.

In actuality, he owns the Cadets.

Steen, a Webster City junior, tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season against IF-A and the Lynx bats did just enough to pull away for a 6-0 North Central Conference victory here Wednesday night.

It was a nice rebound for WCHS (13-3, 9-2 NCC), which was coming off a lackluster performance in a 3-0 loss to Clear Lake on Monday. The Lynx ran Cadets’ starting pitcher Jackson French off the mound after four innings.

“It was the bounce back we needed,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe said. “We saw a starter (French) that’s their No. 1 and we rushed him for 102 pitches in four innings. For the last couple of days, we’ve talked about approach (at the plate). So to actually take a starter like that and do that shows the adjustments they made in 48 hours, especially with the letdown we had on Monday when we had absolutely no approach.”

Steen got plenty of run support, but all he needed was the one the Lynx scratched out in the first inning. He took care of the rest.

Steen allowed just two hits — singles by Zack Huffman and Quinton Buresh. Living on the outside corner, he struck out 11 and didn’t yield a single walk.

In his two outings against the Cadets, Steen has given up just five hits and fanned 25 batters.

“He had a command of the outside corner, and with a kid like that when he establishes that, it’s tough,” Kehoe said. “(IF-A) struggled.”

Romel Martinez, Caleb Olson, Max Hackbarth and Tyler Olson all smacked singles in the win. Tyler Olson drove in two runs on a fourth inning single, while Martinez, Steen and Noah McKinney all collected one RBI.

WCHS will head to Fort Dodge this evening for a league date with St. Edmond at 7:30 p.m.

Webster City 6, IF-Alden 0

Wednesday at Iowa Falls

Web City 110 301 0 — 6 4 1

IF-Alden 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

Dylan Steen and Jordan Tanner. Jackson French, Quinton Buresh (5) and Kyle Arends. W — Steen. L — French. RBI — WC: Tyler Olson (2), Steen, Romel Martinez, Noah McKinney.