The Humboldt softball team celebrates after winning their Class 3A region 3 championship game over Southeast Valley Monday night in Humboldt, 5-0. The victory sent Humboldt into next week's state tournament in Fort Dodge. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

HUMBOLDT - Humboldt's fourth ranked softball team wasn't to be denied here Monday night (July 10) as the senior-dominated team displayed the poise and precision they've shown all season long by shutting out Southeast Valley, 5-0 in a Class 3A Region 3 Championship game.

The Wildcats, 31-4 on the season, earned the school's fifth state tournament trip, first since 2006, with an impressive performance against the Jaguars (28-6). Freshman pitcher Ellie Jacobson threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks and Humboldt clubbed 10 hits and used its bunting and base running to perfection to cap a storybook season.

The Wildcats will advance into the state tournament next week in Fort Dodge (July 17-21). Humboldt drew a No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 seed Center Point-Urbana (29-10) on Monday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. on Diamond 2 at Rogers Park.

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