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Hawks’ 7-game surge ends with sluggish effort

GILBERT — Unable to come through with that key hit with runners in scoring position, the South Hamilton softball team saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end here Wednesday night. Hawks’ head coach Harry McMaken isn’t sure whether his players were over-confident or just had ...

Hawks lose Lewis for season, game to Gilbert on same day

GILBERT — Losing a game stung. Losing one of its senior leaders and best hitters for the season was worse. All in all, Wednesday pretty much stunk for the South Hamilton baseball team. A 12-0, 5-inning setback at the hands of Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert was just the final ...

PREP DIAMOND BRIEFS

POKY ENDS LYNX WIN STREAK: Pocahontas Area scored a run on a hit by pitch to break up a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning last night, and the Indians went on to beat Webster City, 6-5, in Pocahontas. The Lynx (5-4) saw their win streak halted at three games, while Pocahontas Area (7-2) won its ...

Youngsters show up, shine for Lynx in win over Saydel

WEBSTER CITY — Beau Klaver just didn’t want to strikeout, that was his one and only goal as he stepped into the batter’s box at a pivotal point in Tuesday’s non-conference baseball game at Lynx Field. A few moments later the Webster City freshman was quickly flexing as he stood on ...

FINALLY!

JEWELL — To say Saydel has owned South Hamilton on the baseball diamond would be quite the understatement. The numbers — and, oh boy, are they lopsided — don’t lie. From 2012 to 2018, a span of seven seasons, Saydel won 13 consecutive games over the Hawks by a combined score of — ...

3rd inning outburst fuels Hawks’ rout

JEWELL — Hands on her hips and one foot on bag, Breanne Diersen looked at her South Hamilton teammates inside the dugout along the third base line and couldn’t contain her smile during the third inning against Saydel Monday night. Diersen had just doubled into the gap in left-center to ...

Five runs in final two innings keep Lynx perfect in NCC

CLEAR LAKE — If Jess Howard has learned anything about her Webster City softball team, it’s that it can never be counted out. For the third time in as many North Central Conference contests, the Lynx rallied from behind Monday night, this time at the expense of Clear Lake, ...

Olson strong again on mound, Lynx take out 2018 NCC champ Lions

CLEAR LAKE — Beau Klaver had a breakout game at the plate, Caleb Olson showed off his power and Tyler Olson put together another solid outing on the mound for the Webster City baseball team here Monday night. Add it all up and it was a giant step in the right direction in the Lynx North ...

LYNX FIND A WAY

WEBSTER CITY — Cynthia Whitehill has a violent uppercut swing and when she makes contact that ball may want to pack its bags because it’s going on a trip. But it wasn’t the Webster City senior’s power stroke that made the difference at Lynx Field Friday night. Quite the opposite, in ...

SH softball easily dispatches Nevada

JEWELL — There’s a lot of belief inside the South Hamilton softball dugout right now. The Hawks believe they can score runs. The Hawks believe they can shut teams down. The Hawks believe — truly believe — they can compete with anyone. And they’re playing like it too. South ...

Hawks champs at Hudson tourney, extend win streak to 6

HUDSON — The South Hamilton softball team extended its winning streak to six and claimed the title at the Hudson tournament on Saturday. The Hawks (6-1) were dominant in both wins, as they took out Grundy Center, 6-1, and Hudson, 4-0. South Hamilton was scheduled to open the day against ...

Hawks, win, but pay a steep price

JEWELL — South Hamilton put together another early-season statement-making performance on the baseball diamond Friday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex, but it may have come with a hefty price tag attached. Behind a 10-strikeout show on the mound from Cole Berg, the Hawks ...

Stoakes’ 3-run HR sparks Lynx comeback win

HAMPTON — The count was 3-0 and two runners were aboard when Kelly Stoakes stood in the batter’s box with her Webster City softball team trailing 3-1 in the third inning here Wednesday evening. For most batters, that red light would be flashing. But when you’re hitting over .800, that ...

No-no, Rams: Olson pretty much perfect on bump in Lynx win

JEFFERSON — Efficient, dominant and pretty much perfect — that about sums up the pitching performance of Webster City sophomore right-hander Tyler Olson here Wednesday night. Painting the outside corner with one fastball after another, Olson needed just 64 pitches — 54 of them were ...

Lynx squander early chances, fall to Ames

AMES — Getting runners on the base paths wasn’t the problem for the Webster City baseball team last night. Bringing those runners around to score, now that’s a different story. Particularly early on when the game was still up for grabs. WCHS sprayed seven hits across the diamond in ...

Hawks put throttle down, crush No. 14 Norsemen

ROLAND — Breanne Diersen landed the first punch when she hammered the ball into the gap for a lead-off triple in the first inning, and South Hamilton didn’t stop delivering the shots for seven innings. Statement made? You better believe it. Every batter in the lineup recorded at ...

Kasch perfect at plate, Lynx continue to blister ball in victory

STORM LAKE — Shredding opposing pitching continued to be the strength of the Webster City softball team here Tuesday night, as the Lynx lashed 11 hits in a dominant non-conference performance. Leah Kasch was perfect in four plate appearances to lead the way in the Lynx 8-3 victory over ...

WCHS baseball takes it on chin against Tornadoes

STORM LAKE — Adison Kehoe made one point multiple times as he discussed his Webster City baseball team’s road loss to Storm Lake Tuesday night: Don’t be fooled by the final score. The Tornadoes touched the plate at least once in all six of their at bats en route to a 10-4 victory over ...

WHAT A START

OGDEN — Jess Howard wasn’t going to do it, no matter how many different ways she was asked. She knows it’s insane. Heck, anybody who understands the game of softball at all knows it’s insane. Still, Webster City’s head softball coach wasn’t going to go there with the flowery words ...

7th-inning surge carries Hawks

JEFFERSON — Kenzy Grady is going to take her share of lumps this summer, she knows that and so does South Hamilton head softball coach Harry McMaken. How could she not? Grady is just a freshman who has been thrust into the varsity lineup at a pretty important position she’s really not ...