Lynx feast on mistakes, thump Bulldogs in 6
Stoakes 3 for 3, Klaver and Carver both drive in 3 runs
WEBSTER CITY — Give Webster City an inch and it will take a mile. Translated into baseball terms — give the Lynx an extra out and prepare to pay the consequences.
Hampton-Dumont/CAL struggled mightily defensively with five errors Friday night at Lynx Field, and WCHS was more than happy to take advantage. The Lynx capitalized early to build a lead and they never relented in a 12-2, 6-inning North Central Conference victory.
It was exactly what WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe wanted to see in the lead-up to a key week that includes league clashes with rivals Algona and Humboldt.
“We continue to grow from week to week,” Kehoe said. “From the Nevada game (last Tuesday) until now, you can see some of the little things are starting to make sense to the guys.”
The extra outs helped, but the reality was that WCHS (7-3, 3-0 NCC) teed off on Bulldog hurlers Brayden Johnson and Luis Flores. The Lynx scattered 11 hits, and Sean Carver and Beau Klaver both drove in three runs to erase any doubt as to the outcome.
Devon Stoakes went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Klaver and Tyler Olson both lashed two hits. Carver, Chase Rattenborg, CJ Hisler and Trey Lyons all had a hit. Hisler joined Stoakes with two RBIs.
It was 6-0 after three innings, which was more than enough for Olson, an all-state pitcher who has lost just once in the last two years. The junior right-hander took a no-hitter through 41⁄3 innings before H-D/CAL’s Benji Sauke roped a double, and Olson finished with eight strikeouts. The Bulldogs (4-7, 1-4 NCC) notched just three hits.
“Tyler got ahead early and then established the outside corner,” Kehoe said. “He did a wonderful job.”
Stoakes and Carver both plated runs in the first inning to stake WCHS to a 2-0 lead. The Lynx four-run third featured a two-RBI double to center by Klaver and a two-run single by Hisler.
Stoakes and Klaver both laced an RBI single in the fourth to increase the Lynx cushion to 9-0. H-D/CAL closed to within 9-2 before WCHS erupted for three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Carver plated his third run with a base hit and then scored the game-ending run on a ground ball off the bat of Hisler.
WCHS was at Algona last night. It will return home to take on Coon Rapids-Bayard tonight, followed by Wednesday’s showdown with Humboldt at Lynx Field.
Webster City 12, H-D/CAL 2 (6 inn)
Friday at Webster City
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Brayden Johnson, Luis Flores and Cal Heeren. Tyler Olson and Devon Stoakes. WP — Olson. LP — Johnson. Multiple hits — WC: Stoakes (3), Olson, Beau Klaver. 2B — H-D: Benji Sauke, Heeren; WC: Klaver. RBI — H-D: Drew Uhlenhopp; WC: Klaver (3), Sean Carver (3), Stoakes (2), CJ Hisler (2).