Cyclones edge No. 6 Treynor, 2-1
HARLAN (July 5) -- In a battle of future Central College softball teammates, Morgan Schaben outdueled Sydni Huisman Friday afternoon as Harlan Community beat sixth-ranked (3A) Treynor 2-1 at H. Jack Field.
Julia Schechinger’s two-out, two-run double to the center field fence put the Cyclones up 2-1 in the first and that was it for the scoring as both pitchers locked in and combined for 18 strikeouts.
Schaben (20-6) tossed a three-hitter with one walk (in the first) and 10 Ks while Huisman (26-2) allowed four hits, walked three, hit two batters and fanned eight in six innings.
“It was fun to see Morgan and Sydni battle it out,” said HCHS head coach Brooke Wilson. “They’re going to be teammates next year so that’s extra fun. I knew Morgan would show up because she loves playing against people she knows.
“Sydni’s a good pitcher but I knew we had a good pitcher, and we have a lot more than just pitching so that’s what I was hoping for. Morgan... had a little shaky first inning and wasn’t quite hitting her spots, but after that she locked in and didn’t give them any freebies, so that makes a big difference.”
With only two games left before Thursday’s regional opener vs. Perry (in Harlan), HCHS improved to 26-6 and notched another confidence-building win against a quality opponent after winning a 4-2, eight-inning decision at Bishop Heelan on Monday.
“I think adding Treynor to our schedule right at this time was just perfect for us because we’re going to have to face pitchers like (Huisman) that pitch her speed and even a little faster,” said Wilson.
Treynor (26-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from Stella Umphreys that followed a one-out walk to Huisman and a Cyclone error.
HCHS answered back with its two runs in the bottom of the first, set up by Huisman drilling two of the first three Cyclone batters. After Kate Heithoff and courtesy runner Tyann Viereck both moved up 60 feet on an “infield fly” out that wasn’t caught, Schechinger fell behind in the count 0-2 before crushing a high pitch over the center fielder’s head to score two runs.
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