Lynx extend NCC streak to 12 games
Webster City has held firm at the top of the North Central Conference baseball standings for the past few years.
On Wednesday night at Rogers Park, the Lynx made sure to show why they plan on sticking around there for another season.
Chase Rattenborg put together a five-hitter, striking out seven to lead Webster City past St. Edmond, 11-1 in six innings. The senior was also one of five players with two hits, driving in a pair to help the Lynx win their 12th straight NCC contest.
Beau Klaver was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double, Ty McKinney, Devon Stoakes, CJ Hisler and Trey Lyons all had two hits.
“They are a really good team and (Rattenborg) is a good pitcher,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “But looking at the scoreboard and seeing the amount of errors we had, those led to two big innings for them. If we can eliminate that, we make it a tight game and who knows what happens.”
After falling behind 3-0, the Gaels answered with a run in the second off a single by Joe Li. That would be the only damage done, though, as Rattenborg picked up five strikeouts after that inning.
“We’ve done a good job here lately of not striking out and at least putting the ball in play,” Szalat said. “That’s something we have to get better at.”
McKinney and Lyons each drove in runs in the second with Klaver adding an RBI-double in the third. Sean Carver plated a run in the fourth and the Lynx broke things open with a five-run sixth that featured a two-RBI double from Rattenborg.
Stoakes, Klaver, Rattenborg and Lyons each finished with two RBI to lead Webster City.
For the Gaels, Grant Heldorfer, Devon Wirtz, John Nemmers, Peyton Scott and Li each collected a hit with Tyler McDowell working a walk.
Freshman Hayden Derrig got the start on the mound, striking out four over five-plus innings of work.
“Hayden is a competitor and loves baseball,” Szalat said. “I thought he showed a lot out there against a really tough lineup.”
St. Edmond heads to Clarion-Goldfield/Dows on Friday with Webster City playing at Pocahontas Area Thursday night.