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JEWELL — The best seat in the house Wednesday evening belonged to Breanne Diersen. Crouched behind the plate, she saw all the movement, as well as all of the swings and misses. A whopping 57 swings and misses, to be exact. Diersen, South Hamilton’s senior catcher, marveled at what ...

CHAMPS AGAIN

HUMBOLDT — Enough was enough. Losers of four straight games against Humboldt dating back to the start of the 2018 season, Webster City took a baseball-sized chip on its shoulder onto the diamond Wednesday evening. And with the North Central Conference title on the line, the Lynx exorcised ...

Mr. Perfect: Balderas caps Hawks’ regular season with gem vs. Tigers

ELDORA — Throughout his prep baseball career, Zeke Balderas has always been at his best in the postseason. And now as a senior, as his journey nears its conclusion, he’s making sure that doesn’t change. In other words, postseason Zeke is back. Balderas closed up shop on the regular ...

No. 15 Lynx know Mohawks will be no slouch in 4A regional

WEBSTER CITY — Don’t be fooled. Webster City head softball coach Jess Howard may not have expressed those exact words to her players in the lead-up to Saturday’s Class 4A Region 3 semifinal game against Mason City, but you better believe she’s hammered that point home in some ...

ONE FUN ROAD TRIP

SUMNER — The South Hamilton baseball team was forced to travel quite a ways just to get a game in on Tuesday, but it turned out to be worth it as the regular season nears its conclusion. Originally scheduled to face Tripoli on the Panthers’ home field, rain forced the two teams to travel ...

Lynx come up empty against No. 9 Crusaders, McKinney 2 hits

COON RAPIDS — Webster City out hit ninth-ranked (Class 1A) Coon Rapids-Bayard 6-5 here Tuesday night, but the Lynx were unable to string the knocks together in a non-conference setback. The Crusaders (24-4) scored one run in the third inning to take the lead for good and added three ...

BLACKJACK: Lynx reach 21 wins by dismantling Indians in 3 innings

WEBSTER CITY — With each smack off the bat, every extra base taken, every foot that stepped on home plate Monday evening, the 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City softball team proclaimed it’s ready and eager for the postseason to begin. Thanks to a marathon first inning that produced ...

Step back puts Lynx NCC title hopes in jeopardy

WEBSTER CITY — The cushion is gone. And, now, the heat is on. Just two weeks ago, the Webster City baseball team sat comfortably in the driver’s seat as it trucked towards a potential second North Central Conference title in three years. But two league losses, the most recent a 5-4 ...

OLD SCHOOL NCC

HUMBOLDT — It was old school North Central Conference softball at its finest, where the pitchers dictated the game, the innings flew by in the blink of an eye and the hitters were left grasping for answers Friday night. Carlie Thompson was finally able to solve the puzzle in the eighth ...

Fast start carries league-leading Lynx past H-D

HAMPTON — Win every inning, that’s the message that Webster City baseball coach Adison Kehoe hammers into the heads of his players each time they step onto the field. It’s working too. It did on Friday anyway. A three-run first inning by the Lynx sent an early message and Tyler ...

CGD presents no problems

WEBSTER CITY — The 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City softball team has come too far, accomplished too much, to overlook anybody. With a winner-take-all showdown for the North Central Conference title against third-ranked (3A) Humboldt on the horizon, it would have been easy, maybe even ...

No. 15 Lynx brush aside Gaels for 11th NCC win

FORT DODGE — It was supposed to be a tall and difficult hurdle to clear. Instead, the Webster City softball team made it look easy. Three runs early, followed by an offensive onslaught late catapulted the 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Lynx towards a routine rout of Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 10-1, ...

Olson twirls another gem, Steen and company shell ball in easy WCHS win

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 ...

Hewitt fans 12, Hawks blast B-K to end skid

BELMOND — As South Hamilton head coach Kyle Galetich so eloquently put it, 6-foot-5 left-handed pitchers don’t grow on trees. But he’s got one in sophomore Carter Hewitt, who gave his coach a glimpse of the possibilities here Monday night. Lanky and hard-throwing, Hewitt took a ...

Lynx small ball Cadets into submission, remain perched atop NCC

WEBSTER CITY — Zoey Woodle has 31 hits and a .431 batting average this season, impressive numbers to say the least. And she’s never once hidden how she plans to get on base. The Webster City senior is going to bunt. A lot. Opponents know it too, and yet so often they’re left ...

Steen, Olson combine for 3-hitter in Lynx road win over Garrigan

ALGONA — The Webster City baseball team didn’t exactly rip the cover off of the ball, but it did enough to remove the bitter taste that lingered after a loss here Saturday evening. Facing former North Central Conference rival Algona Garrigan, the Lynx scored one run in each of the first ...

Hawks close rough stretch with loss to PCM

PRAIRIE CITY — Hell week ended two innings early for the South Hamilton baseball team here Friday evening. A five-day span in which the Hawks faced four teams — North Polk, West Marshall, ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Gilbert and Prairie City-Monroe — that are a combined 73-12 certainly ...

Hawks double up PCM, now need Mustangs help

MONROE — Foes can quickly become friends when conference championships are at stake. The South Hamilton softball team spent its Friday night blistering Prairie City-Monroe for 14 hits in an 8-4 Heart of Iowa Conference victory, and tonight the Hawks will become the Mustangs biggest fans ...