Lynx unstoppable, Olson unhittable in NCC runaway
WCHS shells CGD to stay in league driver’s seat
CLARION — It’s going to get tougher, everyone on the Webster City baseball team knows that. But, for now, the Lynx are simply enjoying themselves.
Their early romp through the North Central Conference continued Wednesday night to the tune of 10 hits, a nine-run at bat and an 18-0, 5-inning whipping of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
WCHS (9-4, 4-0 NCC) has outscored its first four league foes 50-3, including 31-0 just this week. But the four teams (Clear Lake, St. Edmond, Iowa Falls-Alden and CGD) the Lynx have beaten are a combined 5-10 inside the NCC, while the three teams still on the horizon (Humboldt, Algona and Hampton-Dumont) are 6-5.
And the Lynx are taking nothing for granted.
“We stress to the boys that we need to play at the level we’re capable of playing at all times,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe said. “The scores aren’t really indicative right now of how many things we still need to work on.”
Sixteen runs in the fourth and fifth innings ensured a shortened game against the Cowboys (1-8, 0-4 NCC). Eight different Lynx players recorded at least one hit, and eight also drove in at least one run.
Eighth grader CJ Hisler was a productive 2 for 3 with four RBIs at the bottom of the order. He had a pair of two-run singles in the nine-run fourth frame.
“CJ came up with some big hits,” Kehoe said. “He’s quickly becoming a nice, potent hitter in our No. 9 spot.”
Tyler Olson, Beau Klaver and Devon Stoakes all had RBI singles in the fourth. Olson roped a two-run double in the fifth and Jacob Hirsch came off the bench to supply an RBI infield single.
Tyler Olson finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Stoakes, Dylan Steen and Caleb Olson all drove in two runs.
Tyler Olson’s mastery on the mound continued, as the sophomore right-hander improved to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.47, second-best in Class 3A among pitchers with 20 or more innings under their belts. He gave up just two singles and struck out nine.
Webster City 18, CGD 0
Wednesday at Clarion
Web City 002 97 — 18 10 1
CGD 000 00 — 0 2 4
Tyler Olson and Devon Stoakes. Bryce Brinkman, Tyler Stein (4), Mateo Martinez (5) and Carter Dietz. W — Olson. L — Brinkman. Multiple hits — WC: T. Olson (3), CJ Hisler. 2B — WC: T. Olson, Dylan Steen. RBI — WC: Hisler (4), T. Olson (3), Steen (2), Stoakes (2), Caleb Olson (2), Beau Klaver, Jacob Hirsch, Carson Struchen.
Lynx drop non-conference game to Boone
BOONE — Webster City’s four-game winning streak came to an end here in non-conference play here Thursday evening.
Boone (10-5) jumped on Lynx starting pitcher Caleb Olson and scored two runs in the first inning and two runs in the second to take a commanding lead. The Toreadors touched Lynx reliever Beau Klaver for one run in the third and then five in the fifth to claim a 10-0 victory.
Boone collected 13 hits in all.
WCHS (9-5) was limited to just five hits. Tyler Olson smacked a double. Caleb Olson, Sean Carver, Ty McKinney and Carson Struchen all singled.
Boone 10, Webster City 0 (5)
Thursday at Boone
Web City 000 00 — 0 5 1
Boone 221 05 — 10 13 1
Caleb Olson, Beau Klaver (3) and Devon Stoakes. Morgan Smith and Dylan Bangs. W — Smith. L — C. Olson. Multiple hits — Boone: Smith, Spencer Turner, Ryan Hulse, Tegan Bock. 2B — WC: Tyler Olson; Boone: Smith, Hulse. RBI — Boone: Brandon Rouse, Smith, Turner, Hulse, Derek Rhinehart.