LOGAN – When you’ve got a pitcher as battle tested and talented as Treynor’s Sydni Huisman along with five other senior starters, it’s a winning recipe for success.
Huisman shut out both opponents on Thursday, blanking Logan-Magnolia 2-0 in the semifinals and Riverside 8-0 in the finals, propelling the top-seeded, Class 3-A No. 6 Cardinals to the Western Iowa Conference Tournament title at Logan-Magnolia High School.
Treynor improved to 22-1 overall, while third-seeded Riverside dropped to 16-9.
Huisman fired a one-hitter in the finals with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Treynor took control in the third inning, and it all happened with two outs. Stella Umphreys singled and Bella Dingus followed with a single. The throw to third got away, allowing Umphreys to score.
Huisman beat out an infield RBI single, making it 2-0, and then Reagan Darrah ripped a two-run home run over the left-field fence, extending it to 4-0.
An inning later, singles by Kennedy Elwood, Konnor Sudmann and Umphreys set the stage for Dingus, who ripped a three-run triple that the rightfielder couldn’t quite corral. That gave Treynor a commanding 7-0 lead.
Umphreys finished 4-for-4. Sudmann, Dingus and Huisman and Darrah added two hits each.
Riverside (16-9) 000 000 0 – 0 1 2
Treynor (22-1) 004 301 x – 8 14 2
W: Sydni Huisman. L: Kenna Ford. 2B: R, Meghan Reed; T, Konnor Sudmann. 3B: T, Bella Dingus. HR: T, Reagan Darrah.
Riverside 8, IKM-Manning 7 (8 inn.)
LOGAN – Until sneaking over the .500 mark last season at 16-14, the Riverside girls had endured eight straight losing seasons.
The Bulldogs are continuing their climb this summer, thanks to some newfound resiliency.
“They know how to fight,’’ Riverside assistant Taylor Frain said. “That’s all I can say.’’
Trailing by two with nobody on in the bottom of the eighth, the Lady Bulldogs again showed that fight. Gracie Bluml slapped a single. Skye Bentley barely beat out an infield hit, moving Bluml to third.
Then Joy Gross elected to intentionally walk Kenna Ford for the second time in the game, loading the bases for junior Meghan Reed. Reed delivered the biggest hit of the game, a two-run single that tied the game at 7-7.
Moments later, Ford scampered home on a wild pitch to give Riverside the wild semifinal victory.
Reed said she wasn’t shocked when the Wolves intentionally walked Ford to put the tying run at second.
“I kind of expected it, because they did it earlier,’’ she said. “So I just got mentally prepared to do what I needed to do to get my team on top.’’
Frain, the assistant, said Reed learns from her at-bats during the course of a game.
“She’s always trying to adjust her swing, so when she comes up in clutch situations, she knows how to do it,’’ she said.
Frain was a five-year starter at Riverside, graduating in 2015 before going to play at Buena Vista. Her best high school record was 14-19.
“The biggest thing with this team is they’ve been playing together so long,’’ she said. “They can start trusting each other without even having to communicate. We just know where they’re going to be.’’
Reed said the Riverside female athletes are working harder in the weightroom now, which is leading to more success.
“Just making sure that we hold each other accountable,’’ she said.
IKM-Manning (8-15) 001 210 12 – 7 7 2
Riverside 101 020 13 – 8 12 5
W: Kenna Ford. L: Bianca Cadwell. 2B: I, Grace Youngren; R, Jadyn Achenbach. HR: I, Lexi Branning.
Treynor 2, Logan-Magnolia 0
LOGAN – Heavy underdog Logan-Magnolia put a scare into the Cardinals, but the top seed advanced behind Huisman’s four-hit shutout.
Junior Reanna Rife turned in an outstanding pitching performance to keep the Panthers in it, allowing just three hits while striking out five and walking one.
Huisman doubled and scored on Castle’s single in the fifth for the game’s first run. Treynor added an insurance run in the sixth when Kennedy Elwood walked and pinch runner Rachel Kinsella scored on Bella Dingus’ single.
Lo-Ma loaded the bases twice. In the fourth, the Panthers did it with one out, but Huisman fanned the next two batters. In the sixth, singles by Ashlyn Doiel and Macanna Guritz along with an intentional walk filled them with two outs, but Huisman notched the last of her nine strikeouts to end the threat.
Doiel had two of Lo-Ma’s four hits.
Logan-Magnolia (10-12) 000 000 0 – 0 4 0
Treynor 000 011 x – 2 3 1
W: Sydni Huisman. L: Reanna Rife. 2B: T, Huisman.