Humboldt players celebrate after winning 8-4 over Algona on Monday, July 9, in a Class 3A Region 2 softball championship game in Humboldt. The victory sent the 30-3 Wildcats into next week's state tournament in Fort Dodge. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The No. 4 ranked Humboldt softball team is heading back to the state tournament next week after the Wildcats held off Algona, 8-4 in seven innings Monday night (July 9) in Humboldt in a Class 3A Region 2 Championship game. The Wildcats, 30-3, drew a No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 seed Atlantic (30-5) in the first round on Monday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Park in Fort Dodge.

Humboldt slugged 11 hits and got a seven-hit pitching performance from Ellie Jacobson to defeat Algona (21-7) for the third time this summer.

Mady Lange had four hits while Rachel Darling had three to lead Humboldt at the plate. The Wildcats scored three runs in the second inning and added four in the fourth to provide a cushion throughout the game. Algona stranded 12 base runners, including loaded bases in the second inning.

Humboldt will be making the school's sixth state tournament appearance next week. Humboldt placed fifth in the 2017 state tournament.

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