Lynx stay on attack, thump third straight foe
Klaver, McKinney combine to drive in 9 runs
ALGONA — Offensive surges aren’t uncommon on the baseball diamond, but Webster City is currently riding a wave that is bigger than any in recent memory.
And it’s not just one, two, three or even four players that are doing the brunt of the damage. It’s up and down the lineup.
Following Tuesday’s 15-5, 5-inning pasting of North Central Conference rival Algona, WCHS (8-3, 4-0 NCC) has produced 48 hits and scored 48 runs over its last 16 at bats, and outscored its past three foes 43-12. It took a four-game winning streak into last night’s non-conference clash with Coon Rapids-Bayard.
Seven different players had at least two hits and one RBI against Algona (5-6, 3-2 NCC), and all nine in the lineup scattered at least one base knock.
“It’s one through nine, that’s the big thing,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe said of the recent offensive show. “They’ve really taken pride in making themselves better and right now they’re reaping the benefits.
“The best part about this is now those one through nine believe they’re all capable of putting the ball in play hard. That’s where our growth has come the last two weeks.”
WCHS shelled Algona pitchers Miles Goche and Kyle Simpson for 16 hits en route to the two-game season sweep. Chase Rattenborg, Ty McKinney, Devon Stoakes, Sean Carver, Beau Klaver, CJ Hisler and Connor Hanson all scattered a pair of hits, while Tyler Olson and Trey Lyons added one a piece.
Klaver, who laced one of the Lynx three doubles, came through in the clutch multiple times en route to a five-RBI performance. McKinney drove in four runs out of the No. 2 spot in the order, and Hisler plated two more hitting right behind Klaver.
Kehoe says Klaver and Carver have both come on strong in recent games, right when the Lynx needed them the most.
“Those two, in particular, are capable of hitting the ball hard,” he said. “They’re doing a great job of always picking my brain to make themselves better teammates and better individually, and they’ve just taken off.”
WCHS did all of its damage in three innings. The Lynx put up three runs in the first inning and seven in the third to build a 10-0 lead. Algona closed to within 10-5 after four, but the Lynx erupted for five more in the top of the fifth to send everyone home early.
Rattenborg continued to be a solid No. 2 pitcher behind all-state hurler Tyler Olson. Rattenborg went the distance against the Bulldogs and allowed just five hits. Only one of the runs was earned and he fanned six.
The beat down of Algona sets the stage for an important date with Humboldt (7-3, 3-0 NCC) on Wednesday at Lynx Field. Humboldt beat WCHS, 7-5, in a non-conference game on June 24.
Whether or not the NCC decides to crown a league champion this season, WCHS can clinch the top spot with a win over the Wildcats. Olson will get the nod on the bump, and Kehoe expects to see Humboldt’s ace, Jacob Thurm, on the mound as well.
“Whenever Webster City and Humboldt play, there’s most definitely an intensity and pride there,” Kehoe said. “As a coach, you know going into it that you don’t have to say too much. It’s just a dogfight, two teams going at it.”
Webster City 15, Algona 5 (5 inn)
Monday at Algona
Web City 307 05 — 15 16 3
Algona 001 40 — 5 5 0
Chase Rattenborg and Devon Stoakes. Miles Goche, Kyle Simpson (3) and Wyatt Streit. WP — Rattenborg. LP — M. Goche. Multiple hits — WC: Rattenborg, Stoakes, Ty McKinney, Sean Carver, Beau Klaver, CJ Hisler, Connor Hanson. 2B — WC: Klaker, McKinney, Hisler. RBI — WC: Klaver (5), McKinney (4), Hisler (2), Rattenborg, Stoakes, Hanson, Tyler Olson; ALG: Brandon Steil (2), Garrett Schmidt.