DANDY DOZEN: Lynx pummel Gaels for 12th straight NCC win
Klaver leads 14-hit barrage, Rattenborg a complete game
FORT DODGE — The Webster City baseball team obviously wants to win every game. But when it comes to games inside the North Central Conference, the Lynx seem to have that extra bit of focus and intensity.
It’s paid big dividends over the last three seasons.
Behind 14 hits and a complete-game effort from Chase Rattenborg on the mound, WCHS dismantled St. Edmond, 11-1 in 6 innings, on Wednesday for its 12th consecutive league victory. It was the team’s third win by the 10-run rule in four NCC contests.
The Lynx (9-1, 4-0 NCC), who have outscored their conference brethren 41-7 this season, are 23-2 inside the conference over their last 25 outings. Their last NCC loss came on July 8, 2019, to Algona, 5-4.
If there’s a secret formula, head coach Adison Kehoe isn’t divulging.
“We’ve tried to establish the same mindset for every game, but for whatever reason (the players) seem to wear it on their shoulders more when it’s a conference game,” he said. “An added bonus (on Wednesday) was that, due to COVID, we weren’t able to see St. Edmond last year. So the guys were pretty excited because it’s always been a pretty good rivalry.”
Any worry went by the wayside after WCHS put up four runs in the second inning, keyed by two-run base hits by Trey Lyons (single) and Devon Stoakes (double).
The Lynx tacked on another run in the third on a Beau Klaver RBI double and then unleashed a five-run flurry in the sixth to put it away an inning early. Rattenborg helped his own cause with a two-run double, and Klaver and Lyons added RBI singles.
Klaver led the way offensively with a 3 for 4 night with two RBIs. Stoakes went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and three others — Lyons, Tyler Olson and CJ Hisler — delivered two hits each.
Seven different Lynx players notched at least one knock.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to throw the ball, but now these guys want to be in the batter’s box as well,” Kehoe said. “With some of the runs we’ve been putting up, they’re putting it together a little bit.”
St. Edmond (2-8, 0-4 NCC) scratched its lone run across in the second on a Joe Li RBI single to right, but it was smooth sailing for Rattenborg the remainder of the way. He was touched for just five hits, all singles, and he finished with eight strikeouts.
WCHS will return to its home diamond on Monday to take on Iowa Falls-Alden at 7:30 p.m. The Lynx were scheduled to play on Saturday in the four-team West Fork tournament, but that has been cancelled.
WCHS 11, St. Edmond 1 (6 inn)
Wednesday at Fort Dodge
WCHS 041 105 — 11 14 0
St. Ed 010 000 — 1 5 6
Chase Rattenborg and Devon Stoakes. Grant Heldorfer, Hayden Derrig (2) and John Nemmers. W — Rattenborg. L — Heldorfer. Multiple hits — WC: Beau Klaver (3), Stoakes, Rattenborg, Tyler Olson, CJ Hisler, Trey Lyons. 2B — WC: Stoakes (2), Klaver, Rattenborg. RBI — WC: Stoakes (2), Klaver (2), Rattenborg (2), Lyons (2), Sean Carver (2); SE: Joe Li.