Olson twirls another gem, Steen and company shell ball in easy WCHS win
Hisler and Carver moved up in order, produce against St. Edmond
FORT DODGE — Adison Kehoe called it his Webster City baseball team’s most complete performance of the season.
Translation: St. Edmond never had a chance.
With Dylan Steen doing the most damage at the plate and Tyler Olson looking like perhaps the best pitcher in the North Central Conference, the Lynx owned the Gaels, 15-1 in 6 innings, Monday evening at Rogers Park.
Steen went 3 for 5 at the dish — the all-state senior is now hitting .500 on the season — with a triple and three RBIs, and Olson won for the seventh time in eight starts and lowered his ERA to 0.44 with a complete-game, 10-strikeout gem.
“The boys are starting to get it a little bit and that’s nice to see,” Kehoe said. “We had everybody putting it in play and we faced (Gaels’ pitcher Cael) Kolacia, so it’s not like we were going against a slouch.”
WCHS (15-7, 8-1 NCC), which maintained its one game lead over Humboldt in the league standings, led 3-0 through four innings and then touched St. Edmond (6-10, 3-8 NCC) for 12 runs in the fifth and sixth.
Kehoe opted to tinker with his lineup and the changes paid big dividends. Eighth grader CJ Hisler was moved from the No. 9 spot up to No. 3 and he laced two singles hitting behind Steen. Sean Carver bumped up to the No. 5 position and went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs.
“This was the most fired up I’ve seen the boys in a while,” Kehoe said. “With CJ, his average (.379) speaks for itself, but seven out of 10 times he’s going to put the ball in play hard. I understand he’s an eighth grader, but he’s more than deserving of getting more at bats.”
Tyler Olson bashed two hits as well, one of which was a double, and Ty McKinney smacked a pair of singles. Caleb Olson and Carson Struchen both had one hit and one RBI.
St. Edmond avoided the shutout with one unearned run in the fifth inning. Tyler Olson issued just one walk in the game.
The two teams combined to make 10 errors.
WCHS will return home to take on Clarion-Goldfield-Dows this evening. The junior varsity game has been pushed up to a 4:30 p.m. start, followed by the varsity contest at 6:15 p.m.
Webster City 15, St. Edmond 1 (6)
Monday at Fort Dodge
Web City 102 066 — 15 13 4
St. Ed 000 010 — 1 2 6
Tyler Olson and Devon Stoakes. Cael Kolacia, Grant Heldorfer (5), Drew Szalat (6) and Jack McEvoy. W — T. Olson. L — Kolacia. Multiple hits — WC: Dylan Steen (3), T. Olson, CJ Hisler, Sean Carver, Ty McKinney. 2B — WC: T. Olson. 3B — WC: Steen, Carver. RBI — WC: Steen (3), Carver (2), T. Olson, Caleb Olson, Beau Klaver, Carson Struchen.