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On the prowl

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla The Humboldt softball team celebrates after defeating MOC-Floyd Valley 3-0 in a Class 3A substate final on Monday in Humboldt.

HUMBOLDT — After missing the state tournament last season, the Humboldt softball team wasn’t going to let anything hold them back this time around.

The fourth-ranked Wildcats (20-2 overall) knocked off MOC-Floyd Valley 3-0 in a Class 3A substate final on Monday night.

This will be the Wildcats third trip in the past four seasons and sixth overall.

With the uncertainty of even having a season, Humboldt head coach Doug Van Pelt seen his ballclub with laser vision all summer.

“Making it three out of four years is tough to do in any day, even with COVID-19,” said Van Pelt who won his 600th game this season. “We were up to the brink of not having a season, so with getting to play you just brace yourself.

“This group has been pretty focused and laser sharp. There was no doubt in my mind or their mind that they would get it done.”

Senior pitcher Ellie Jacobson threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks.

At the plate, junior Kendal Clark extended her single-season home run mark with her 10th of the year.

Jacobson, seniors Carlie Thompson and Mady Lange had the other hits for the Wildcats.

On the season the Wildcats have seven players with double digit RBI.

“Going into the game we had the second fewest errors,” Van Pelt said. “We feel real comfortable with anyone out there and that our defense can make plays.

“It makes it easier when you get 10 or 11 strikeouts a night. Offensively we have some big hitters. I like our team. We have good balance and the kids do their jobs and perform in their rolls.”

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