TREYNOR, Iowa — While Sydni Huisman may not have had her best stuff of the season early in the Class 3-A Region 7 semifinal, she got stronger as the game wore on, and that was bad news for Sioux Center.

Huisman, who entered the game leading the state with 344 strikeouts, allowed four hits while striking out nine to lead host Treynor to an 8-0 win over the Warriors.

The Cardinals will host Southeast Valley, 4-3 walk-off winners over Carroll Kuemper in the other semifinal, in the regional final on Monday.

Huisman retired the last 10 batters she faced and 13 of the final 14 as she improved to 28-2.

Huisman credited her defense after the game.

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“Our defense was really good tonight. We really executed. We got the outs when we needed to get the outs and held them to zero runs, and that’s how you win,” she said.

The Warriors raised some eyebrows when they were able to make contact off Huisman and put together a threat in the first inning.

Annie Bullock and Chloe Harskamp each singled, but Huisman ended up striking out Lainey Pomrenke to get out of the jam.

Treynor coach Kara Huisman said she didn’t sense Sydni was dominating early on like she has so many times this season.

“She wasn’t as sharp as she has been, and they swing the bats well. We knew coming in that if she brought the ball and they hit ground balls, we needed to play good defense, and that’s exactly what they did,” coach Huisman said.

Sioux Center coach Kara Schmalbeck said that despite the shutout loss, her team fought at the plate and on the mound. Eighth-grader Tatum Schmalbeck pitched a complete game while striking out two for the Warriors.

“(Huisman) is a really, really good pitcher, and it’s fun for our eighth-grader to see someone like that and see what it takes,” coach Schmalbeck said. “We actually were blessed to have the opportunity to watch her.

“She averages about two strikeouts an inning, and we could have walked in and three-up, three-down each inning, and I felt like we had good at-bats, and our girls battled and fouled them off a lot.”

Treynor’s Konnor Sudmann reached third base with one out in the bottom of the first inning and tried to score on a Stella Umphreys grounder to third.

But Sioux Center third baseman Dana Den Herder threw Sudmann out at the plate to keep the game scoreless.

The Cardinals (29-3) went on to load the bases with two outs, and Reagan Darrah delivered with a two-run single.

The Cardinals added three more in the second on a two-run single by Umphreys and a run-scoring base hit by Huisman to make it 5-0.

Schmalbeck had a two-out triple for the Warriors (18-14) in the fourth, but Sioux Center was unable to get her home as Lizzie Van Es grounded out to third.

Umphreys put the Cardinals ahead 6-0 in the fourth inning with a grounder to shortstop that brought in Kayla Chapman.

Sioux Center (18-14)....000 000 0—0    4 2

Treynor (29-3).............230 111 X—8 11 1

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