Win number 500 for coach Van Pelt as Wildcats roll, 8-0

Humboldt veteran head softball coach Doug Van Pelt (center) instructs his players between innings of their 2-1 victory over Mason City on June 3 in Humboldt. Van Pelt won his 500th career victory on Monday, June 5, in an 8-0 Wildcat victory at Hampton. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt softball coach Doug Van Pelt earned his 500th career victory Monday night (June 5) at Hampton as his fourth ranked Wildcats blanked Hampton-Dumont, 8-0 in seven innings. The triumph improved Humboldt's record to 9-0 overall, 4-0 in the North Central Conference. Ellie Jacobson earned the win pitching for Humboldt and Kelsey Peters socked a 3-run home run in the sixth inning to highlight Humboldt's victory. Van Pelt, now in his 21st season leading the Wildcats, took over the program at his alma mater in 1997.

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