TREYNOR, Iowa — In the final regular-season home game of her prep career, Treynor’s lone senior did her part to help the Cardinals win the Western Iowa Conference championship.
Alex Snyder had a pair of hits, stole three bases, scored once and drove in the deciding run as Class 2-A No. 9 Treynor (22-5) topped second-place Missouri Valley 3-1 Friday to claim the outright crown.
Treynor, which finished 12-2 in league play, broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning when Snyder’s groundout to third scored Gracie Myers. Emma Fiene’s RBI double in the sixth gave the Cardinals an insurance run.
“Being a senior on Senior Night, it felt really good,” Snyder said. “Winning this is really exciting. Everybody came together as one at the right time.”
After stumbling against fifth-place Audubon on Wednesday, Treynor needed a victory over the Lady Reds Friday to win the league title. Missouri Valley beat second-place Tri-Center Wednesday, and it could’ve stolen the title with a win Friday and another Monday against Audubon.
The Lady Reds (17-8) had the bases loaded with two down and the score tied in the top of the fifth, but winning pitcher Madison Keysor struck out cleanup hitter Megan Housh swinging.
“That was kind of a momentum change for us at that point,” Treynor coach JoEllen Travis said. “We knew we had a tough situation, and we had to get out of it.”
After the rally-ending strikeout, Myers bunted her way aboard to lead off the bottom of the fifth. She moved to third on two passed balls, then scored on Snyder’s groundout.
That gave Treynor a 2-1 lead, which it extended when Lexi Killinger doubled and then scored on Fiene’s base hit in the sixth. Missouri Valley put the tying runs on in the seventh, but Keysor closed the game by getting losing pitcher Maggie Hawley to fly out to Mattie Jacobsen in left field.
The Lady Reds performed much better than in their earlier 7-5 loss to the Cardinals, coach Rick McHugh said, but they fell short after battling their way back into the league title chase this week.
“That’s what frustrating,” McHugh said. “We had a good opportunity. We had our shots. We could’ve easily been tied up or had the (go-ahead) score there.”
Missouri Valley still has four games before it begins 2-A postseason play Tuesday night. Treynor is off until its regional opener at home Thursday against the Council Bluffs St. Albert-Underwood winner.
The two WIC teams are in the same regional bracket and could meet again in a third-round game next Friday on the same field. Travis said her team was well aware of that.
“We know very well that there’s a chance that Missouri Valley has a shot to go to the state tournament just like everybody else in our bracket,” she said. “We don’t look past anybody.”
Missouri Valley (18-7, 10-3) ............... 010 000 0—1 5 1
At Treynor (22-5, 12-2) ............... 100 011 x—3 6 1
W: Madison Keysor. L: Maggie Hawley. 2B: T, Lexi Killinger.