Lynx forced to forfeit game to Ogden after pitch count infraction

WEBSTER CITY — Leading 5-0 in the top of the sixth inning against Ogden Tuesday night, the Webster City baseball team was forced to forfeit the game when junior pitcher Dylan Steen exceeded his pitch count.

According to the pitch count rule, an individual cannot throw more than 110 pitches in consecutive days; doing so results in an immediate forfeit.

Steen threw 22 pitches against Humboldt on Monday. When he threw his 89th pitch on Tuesday, Ogden informed the Webster City coaching staff and the umpires and the forfeit was confirmed.

“As the head coach I’ll take full blame for it,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe said. “It’s a very unfortunate thing.”

Ogden improved to 21-5 on the season, while WCHS dropped to 14-5 following its second straight loss.

The mistake put a damper on Senior night, but Kehoe says his players walked off the field thinking about the positives.

“As far as the boys are concerned, we played well (Tuesday night) and that’s probably the cleanest we’ve played all year,” Kehoe said. “It’s not the ending you want, but the boys did a lot of things that they can take from it.”

Statistics from the game were wiped out.

WCHS will return to the diamond on Monday at Algona in the North Central Conference finale for both teams.