WEBSTER CITY - Down to its last strike and trailing by two runs, the Webster City baseball team snatched a 5-4 victory from the jaws of defeat against St. Edmond Wednesday night.
After Cal Zahn's clutch homer - his first of the year - sent the game to extra-innings, the Lynx scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.
"There's no excuse for allowing any No. 9 hitter to go deep on an 0-2 count with two outs," said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. "It's gut-check time for this team. We ran ourselves out of some innings and had errors from our upperclassmen.
"This is the fourth or fifth game that we just haven't been able to close out."
Tommy Setterdahl went 3-for-4 with a RBI for the Gaels (10-10 overall, 5-6 North Central Conference), while Hank Crimmins added a double. With the loss, SEHS saw its seven-game winning streak halted.
Seth Crouthamel posted the win in relief for the Lynx (6-11, 4-6).
WEBSTER CITY 5, ST. EDMOND 4 (8 inn.)
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Hank Crimmins, Jason Setterdhal (6), and Ryan Szalat. Cameron Gordon, Seth Crouthamel (5) and Nelson Ball.
2B-SE: Crimmins. HR-WC: Cal Zahn.
St. Edmond visits intra-city rival and No. 3 Fort Dodge on Friday. Webster City hosts Iowa Falls-Alden that same night.