Moen stingy again on bump, Lynx bury Gaels by 12 runs

Senior right-hander runs scoreless innings streak to 15 1?3, WCHS ropes 13 hits

WCHS second baseman Noah McKinney makes a catch during Friday’s 12-0 win over St. Edmond. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

FORT DODGE — Quiet, almost unassuming, all Cameron Moen has done this season is produce on the mound for the Webster City baseball team.

And that trend continued Friday night.

Moen, a right-handed senior, pushed his scoreless innings streak to 151⁄3 and won his third consecutive decision, as he and the Lynx blanked North Central Conference rival St. Edmond, 12-0, at the Rogers Sports Complex.

Moen fanned 11 against one hit — a first-inning infield single to Jack McEvoy — and two walks allowed over 61⁄3 innings of work. He lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.38.

Not bad for the team’s No. 3 starter behind all-state candidates Max Hackbarth and Dylan Steen.

“He’s basically been our workhorse whether he’s been in the spotlight or behind it,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe said of Moen. “He’s kind of the forgotten guy a little bit, but at the same time his stuff is just as good, if not better than the rest of our staff.”

Moen sat down the final seven batters he faced, four of them on strikes, before handing the ball off to Caleb Olson to finish it off.

WCHS (14-3, 10-2 NCC) ripped 13 hits, six of them doubles, off Gael pitchers Noah Carlson and Jeremiah Wheeler. Every batter in the lineup produced either a hit or RBI.

The offensive surge brought a sense of relief for a Lynx club that struggled at the plate over the previous three games.

“This was a game we needed to have on many elements,” Kehoe said. “We got our swagger back a little bit and the boys were fired up. We found our second sort of energy and hopefully that will carry over to the next couple of games.”

Romel Martinez, Noah McKinney and Steen opened the contest with consecutive doubles and WCHS was off to the races. It put up two runs in the first inning, two more in the second, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

Steen went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Martinez checked in at 3 for 5 with two extra-base hits and one RBI at the top of the order. McKinney collected a pair of hits and plated one run.

Caleb Olson and Nick Hackbarth both doubled as well. Max Hackbarth, Jordan Tanner and Tyler Olson all added singles. Tanner brought two runs to the dish, while Max Hackbarth, Tyler Olson and Austin Lampman all put up one RBI.

Carlson took the loss on the bump for St. Edmond (10-10, 6-7 NCC).

WCHS will return home tonight to face Humboldt at 7:30 p.m. The Lynx will look to right a wrong that occurred back on June 13 when the Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull the upset, 7-6.

Webster City 12, St. Edmond 0

Friday at Fort Dodge

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Cameron Moen, Caleb Olson (7) and Jordan Tanner. Noah Carlson, Jeremiah Wheeler (6) and Cael Kolacia. W — Moen. L — Carlson. 2B — WC: Romel Martinez (2), Noah McKinney, Dylan Steen, Caleb Olson, Nick Hackbarth. Multiple hits — WC: Martinez (3), Steen (3), McKinney. RBI — WC: Steen (2), Tanner (2), Martinez, McKinney, Max Hackbarth, Tyler Olson, Austin Lampman.