Hackbarth’s strong start continues

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Max Hackbarth pitches for Webster City on Monday against St. Edmond at Rogers Park. For more photos, visit CU.messengernews.net

Max Hackbarth continued to show his dominance on the mound here Monday night, leading Webster City to a 1-0 victory over St. Edmond at Rogers Park.

Hackbarth, a junior for the Lynx, improved to 4-0 on the year with a nine-strikeout, two-hit performance. Jake Szalat did his best to match Hackbarth, allowing just two hits for the Gaels, with the lone run being unearned.

After making just two starts and tossing 15 total innings a year ago, Hackbarth has thrown four consecutive complete games to begin this season. He has 52 strikeouts in 26 innings, allowing just one earned run and walking only nine.

“We talked with the kids about what kind of approach they had to take going against someone like Hackbarth, who has been so strong on the mound this year,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “I thought we had several good at-bats, we just didn’t find openings in the defense.”

Brant Reiling drew a pair of walks against Hackbarth, while Cole Allison and Nick Bennett each recorded base hits. St. Edmond (6-8 overall, 2-4 in North Central Conference) had runners erased on a pick-off by Hackbarth and a caught stealing by Jordan Moen.

“We tried to do some stuff to make things happen,” Shanks said. “(Hackbarth) had a nice move and we kept us from getting an extra step that we needed.

“But I was proud of the effort Jake gave us on the mound, and very happy with how our defense played.

“We’re still moving kids around, but I thought they looked good out there (Monday night).”

The Lynx (9-2, 5-0) scored the lone run of the game in the fifth. After Hackbarth drew a walk, Zane Carter came in to run. He moved to second on an out and came around to score after a fielding error by the Gaels following a hit from Bryan Ferrell.

Corey Wagner and Ferrell were the only batters to record a hit off of Szalat, who also walked two.

Hackbarth threw 91 pitches over seven innings, with 59 of them going for strikes. Szalat needed just 69 pitches to complete his seven innings of work; 51 were called strikes.

The Gaels return to action Tuesday night, hosting North Union. Webster City welcomes defending NCC champion Humboldt on Wednesday.

In the junior varsity contest, the Lynx earned an 8-0 victory. For St. Edmond (5-3), Connor Bocken, Gage Johnson, Grant Heldorfer and Peyton Scott each had a hit.


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Max Hackbarth (W, 4-0, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 9 K, 3 BB) and Jordan Tanner; Jake Szalat (L, 2-2, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB) and Jack McEvoy.