No. 13 Treynor narrowly escaped with a dramatic 3-2 nine-inning Class 2A semifinal victory over eighth-ranked Sumner-Fredricksburg Thursday afternoon at Rogers Sports Complex.
Emma Fiene, a junior, came home with the winning run for the Cardinals (27-5 overall) on a two-out wild pitch.
Kate Killinger, Fiene and Gracie Myers all went 2-for-3 offensively for Treynor, which plated its other two scores in the bottom of the fourth.
Going the distance in the circle was ace Madison Keysor (25-4), who scattered four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Down 2-0, the Cougars (33-11) battled back to tie the game in the seventh on a RBI triple from Tiffany Hoth and an error by the Treynor shortstop.
Hoth finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI for the Cougars, who were outhit by the Cardinals, 10-4.
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Kelsey Nilges (L, 27-10; 8 2/3 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Maya Marshall; Madison Keysor (W, 25-4; 9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Kate Killinger. 2B-S-F: Tiffany Hoth; T: Kate Killinger. 3B-S-F: Hoth. MH-S-F: Hoth (2); T: Kate Killinger (2), Emma Fiene (2), Gracie Myers (2); SH-S-F: Marshall, Talyn Wheeler; T: Lexi Killinger. SB-S-F: Kaylyn Brandt, T: Alex Snyder (2), Kayli Christensen, Emma Fiene.
Playing in its first state title contest, Treynor will face No. 5 DM Christian today at 12:15 p.m. on Diamond 1.
The Cougars will square off with second-ranked Durant (32-6) in a third-place matchup this morning at 11:30 a.m. on Diamond 2.