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Wildcat baseball team wins own tournament

Humboldt lefthander Chris Witzke hurls a strike against Bishop Garrigan on June 2 in Humboldt. Independent photo.

Humboldt claimed its own baseball tournament last Saturday (June 7) by winning both games. The Wildcats defeated Central Springs, 12-9, and edged Estherville-Lincoln Central, 4-3. Humboldt is now 8-1 overall on the season.

Humboldt posted another North Central Conference baseball victory Friday night by holding off Eagle Grove, 5-2 in Eagle Grove on June 6. Wildcat pitchers Austin Zylstra and Chris Witzke held the Eagles in check on the night. Humboldt is 2-1 in the NCC.

Humboldt earned a 9-3 victory at Southeast Valley in Dayton on June 5. A six-run first inning powered HHS in this non-conference game, which saw Humboldt collect nine hits, led by Chris Witzke, Zylstra, Shelgren and Laing each with two hits. Laing had two RBI with a double. Laing earned the win on the mound, working six innings with two strikeouts and four walks.

Humboldt got back on the winning track at Hampton on June 4 in posting a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs in a North Central Conference contest. The Wildcats improved to 4-1 overall on the season, 1-1 in North Central Conference play. Humboldt clubbed 10 hits, led by Austin Zylstra, Brenden Schnell, Nick Laing and Brady Shelgren each with two hits. Schnell earned the win pitching as he worked the first five and two-thirds innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk. Zylstra threw one and one-third innings of relief.

The Wildcats host Iowa Falls-Alden Monday night (June 9).

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