’Dogs validate first win over Lynx, roll in rematch
Etherington goes yard, fans 10 for Algona; Stoakes breaks up no-hit bid
ALGONA — The outcome didn’t change in two days, but the manner in which the game played out certainly did.
Following a tightly-contested 2-0 North Central Conference win over 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City on Wednesday, ninth-ranked (3A) Algona took the Lynx behind the woodshed in the non-conference rematch on Friday, as the Bulldogs peeled off 12 hits en route to a 9-0 romp.
And Kameryn Etherington put on a show.
Algona’s all-state pitcher and slugger twirled a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the circle, and also went 4 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBIs at the plate to erase any hope WCHS (2-2) had of evening the score.
“(Etherington) was a little fresher than she was on Wednesday and pitched really well,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “Her ball seemed to have a little more zip to it.”
But Howard wasn’t overly pleased with her own team’s performance.
“We just came out flat,” she said. “We’ve just got to work on bringing up the intensity … It’s an opportunity to play and right now these girls, more than anybody, should understand that every single time you get a chance to play you need to make the most of it.”
Algona (4-0) took the lead right away in the first inning and then added three runs in the third to take complete control. It was 5-0 in the sixth when the Bulldogs erupted for four more runs, keyed by Etherington’s two-run bomb.
As it turned out, one run was enough. That’s because WCHS was never able to get to Etherington, who has yet to allow a run in 22 innings of work this season. She retired the initial 11 batters she faced before Kelly Stoakes broke up the no-hit bid with a fourth-inning single. Etherington then sat down the next six batters.
WCHS had just two base runners in the game.
Alyssa Hentges and Moriah Knapp both laced two singles and drove in a run for the Bulldogs. Emma Elsbecker and Lillian Etherington both roped a double.
WCHS hurler Jenna Miller was touched for eight earned runs. The junior right-hander struck out 11.
The Lynx will attempt to end their current two-game skid this evening when they host league rival Clear Lake (1-3) at 7:30 p.m.
Algona 9, Webster City 0
Friday at Algona
Web City 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
Algona 103 014 x — 9 12 1
Jenna Miller and Kelly Stoakes. Kameryn Etherington and Moriah Knapp. WP — K. Etherington. LP — Miller. Multiple hits — ALG: K. Etherington (4), Knapp, Alyssa Hentges. 2B — ALG: K. Etherington, Emma Elsbecker, Lillian Etherington. HR — ALG: K. Etherington. RBI — ALG: K. Etherington (3), Hentges, Knapp, E. Elsbecker, L. Etherington, Lily Elsbecker.