Humboldt targets state bid

One more hurdle is all that remains for the Humboldt softball team.

Looking to punch their fifth state ticket in school history, the Wildcats (22-9 overall) take on Denison-Schleswig here tonight in a Class 4A, Region 1 final at 7 p.m. at Rogers Sports Complex.

In the regional semifinals, Humboldt ousted No. 1 and previously unbeaten LeMars on its home field by a 3-2 count Saturday. Eighth-grader Avery Terwilliger went the distance in the circle, scattering four hits and one earned run, while walking three and fanning six.

Terwilliger (double) and Kenzie Shelgren (single) each collected hits for the Wildcats. Terwilliger drove in two, while Lauren Friesth, Maddie Thomas and Caitlin Kohlhaas all scored once.

Spearheading the offensive attack for Humboldt are Terwilliger (.470 BA, 39 H, 26 R, 15 RBI), Friesth (.400, 42 H, 28 R, 26 RBI, 20 SB), Courtney Benjamin (.337, 32 H, 27 R, 18 RBI) and Sarah Peters (.319, 29 H, 22 RBI, 4 HR).

As a collective unit, the Wildcats are batting .313, with 79 stolen bases in 83 attempts (95.2 percent).

Terwilliger owns an 18-6 pitching record, along with a 1.52 ERA, covering 156 1/3 innings of work over 27 appearances. She has allowed 137 hits, while striking out 143.

The Monarchs (25-12), who are fresh off an 8-7 comeback victory over Sioux City Heelan, are paced by Shelby Pieper (.449, 40 H, 36 RBI, 31 R), Chelsey Green (.422, 54 H, 45 R, 20 SB), Rachel Koch (.383, 46 R, 44 H, 33 RBI) and Codie Fineran (.351, 39 H, 32 RBI, 25 R).

Denison-Schleswig, which boasts a team batting average of .330, has swiped 59 bags in 61 tries (96.7). The Monarchs placed fifth in the Hawkeye 10 Conference at 10-8.

Sophomore ace Paige Lansink is 15-9 with a 2.08 ERA. Lansink has surrendered 127 hits – with 76 strikeouts – in 158 innings.

Humboldt enters this evening contest on a six-game winning streak.

The state softball tournament in all five classes is set here for July 22-26.