Bulldogs turn big 2nd inning into win over WCHS softball

ALGONA — One explosive inning was all Algona needed to get by Webster City in a North Central Conference softball clash here Friday night.

The Bulldogs plated five runs in the second inning and then held on the remainder of the way to clip the Lynx, 5-2, in the regular season finale for both teams. Algona (19-6, 10-4 NCC) scratched out four of their six hits in the frame and were aided by the only two walks allowed by WCHS pitcher Jenna Miller.

“We had one inning that got away from us,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “If we make a play on a couple of their hits that were close to being made it’s a completely different outcome. But the other five (Algona at bats) we were able to handle pressure and keep them from scoring even when they got a base hit.”

Still, it was a far cry from the first meeting — a 14-4 Algona rout on a night that it hammered out 19 hits.

“They didn’t have the hard hit balls like the first time we played,” Howard said. “Jenna did a good job of moving the ball around to keep them off balance.”

Trailing 5-0 entering the fourth inning, WCHS (16-14, 6-8 NCC) jumped onto the scoreboard on a RBI single off the bat of Haley Flaws. Miller added a RBI base knock in the fifth to close the gap to three runs.

Algona handed the ball off to reliever Kameryn Etherington in the sixth and she sat down all six batters she faced. She fanned three in the sixth.

“We struggled a little bit when they brought in Etherington because she throws a little harder (than Bulldogs’ starter Brooke Fonley),” Howard said. “But for the most part, we were able to put the ball in play.”

Zoey Woodle led the Lynx offense with a 2 for 3 performance. Leah Kasch belted a double and Faith Anderson added a single.

WCHS will now turn its attention to the postseason and Thursday’s Class 4A Region 3 quarterfinal against Boone (13-19) on the Toreadors’ home diamond. Boone owns a pair of wins over the Lynx this season, 13-3 and 11-6.

Thursday’s winner will advance to face 11th-ranked Norwalk (14-12).

Algona 5, Webster City 2

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Jenna Miller and Kaitlynn Seeley. Brooke Fonley, Kameryn Etherington (6) and Aliyah Buscher. W — Fonley. L — Miller. 2B — WC: Leah Kasch. Multiple hits — WC: Zoey Woodle; ALG: Samantha Hood. RBI — WC: Miller, Haley Flaws; ALG: Nicole Smidt (2), Hood, Hailey Schmidt.