Worth the wait: Lynx hand No. 4-ranked Humboldt first loss

Woodle draws a walk-off free pass; Wildcats rebound to take nightcap

HUMBOLDT — Some 457 hours after it started, Webster City finally ended it. And it was so worth the wait.

A bases loaded walk to Zoey Woodle in the bottom of the seventh inning started the celebration, as the Lynx handed fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt its first loss of the season, 2-1, Wednesday night.

The game originally began back on May 25 in Webster City. The suspended contest resumed tied at 1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. It remained knotted until the Lynx made noise in their final at bat.

“The girls did a great job of coming out focused to finish the first game to come out on top,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “They really showed that, as a team, they are able to execute one through nine and any one of them can be a threat at the plate offensively.”

Lynx pitcher Jenna Miller sat down six of the seven batters she faced over the final two innings. Humboldt’s only base runner came on an error.

Cynthia Whitehill was plunked with an Ellie Jacobson pitch to open the seventh. Atlanta Hopp reached on an error and, two batters later, Haley Flaws lined a single into left to jam the bases with just one out.

Woodle fell behind in the count, 1-2, but stayed patient and eventually forced Jacobson into a full-count mistake.

Humboldt (15-1, 8-1 NCC) returned to the diamond motivated for the regularly scheduled game and put up five runs in the first frame on its way to a 9-7 victory.

The Wildcats led 9-1 after four innings and remained comfortably in front until WCHS (8-9, 3-5 NCC) erupted for six runs in its last at bat.

Errors plagued the Lynx throughout the nightcap. They committed three in the opening inning alone and finished with five in all.

“In game two we came out flat defensively,” Howard said. “We let that control what we did offensively and really gave Jacobson the upper hand at the plate.”

Humboldt out-hit WCHS 11-6. Jacobson collected three hits, including a double, to lead her team.

Half of the Lynx hits came in the run-loaded seventh inning. Taylor McKinney provided the bomb — a three-run home run to left field, the first of her career. Flaws also raked a two-RBI single and Kelly Stoakes smacked a double during the flurry.

“What they need to take away from game two is that they have the ability to hit really well off an all-state pitcher, but we need to do a better job of coming out early to score those runs,” Howard said.

Flaws finished 2 for 4 at the dish. Woodle and Faith Anderson both had a double.

WCHS will head to the Martensdale St. Marys tournament on Saturday.

On Monday, the Lynx will return to conference play with a road trip to Hampton to take on Hampton-Dumont at 7:30 p.m.

Game 1

Webster City 2, Humboldt 1

Humboldt 000 000 0 — 1 5 2

Web City 100 000 1 — 2 4 3

Ellie Jacobson and Mady Lange. Jenna Miller and Kaitlynn Seeley. W — Miller. L — Jacobson. 2B — Jacobson. Multiple hits — HUM: Carlie Thompson; WC: Zoey Woodle. RBI — HUM: Lange; WC: Woodle.

Game 2

Humboldt 9, Webster City 7

Web City 100 000 6 — 7 6 5

Humboldt 503 100 x — 9 11 1

Jenna Miller and Kaitlynn Seeley. Ellie Jacobson and Mady Lange. W — Jacobson. L — Miller. 2B — WC: Zoey Woodle, Kelly Stoakes; HUM: Lange, Jacobson, Kendal Clark. 3B — HUM: Jori Hajek. HR — WC: Taylor McKinney. Multiple hits — WC: Haley Flaws; HUM: Jacobson (3), Lange, Clark. RBI — WC: McKinney (3), Flaws (2); HUM: Jacobson.