Treynor's road back to the state championship has been anything but easy this week.
Despite being pushed to the limit once again, the No. 2 Cardinals (30-5 overall) kept their hopes of a second consecutive title intact, blanking eighth-ranked AGWSR by a 1-0 count in a 2A semifinal Thursday afternoon at Rogers Sports Complex.
Senior hurler Madison Keysor (27-3) went the distance in her 13th shutout of the year, scattering six hits with one walk and five K's. The Kirkwood recruit fittingly ended the game with a strikeout, stranding the potential tying run at third base.
"It was a little bit on the stressful side, but we said, 'no matter what, we're going to do this," said Keysor, who has now fanned 311 batters in 204 innings on the season. "I was feeling a lot of pressure, but I had confidence my teammates were going to make all the plays behind me.
"It means a lot to be (back in the championship), especially in my senior year. That's exactly where I wanted to end it (Keysor also earned all three wins at state last summer for the red and white)."
No. 3 Durant (34-8) will be the next opponent for Treynor in a 2A final today at 12:15 p.m. on Diamond 1. The Wildcats earned a 6-0 shutout of their own over Ridge View.
Treynor 1, AGWSR 0
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Ashley Sicard (L, 28-5; 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) and Ella Frazier; Madison Keysor (W, 27-3; 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and Kate Killinger.
2B-T: Emma Fiene. SB-T: Laura Hempel, Lexis Rogers, Chelsea Cooper. CS-AGWSR: Madison Fryslie; T: Jennifer Owens. MH-T: Fiene (2), Owens (2). RBI-T: Owens. LOB-AGWSR 8; T 8.
Jennifer Owens and Emma Fiene both went 2-for-3 at the dish for the Cardinals, who are making their third straight trip to Fort Dodge and fourth in school history. Owens, a junior and No. 8 batter, brought home Fiene - who earlier doubled - with the lone score of the contest on a RBI single up the middle in the fourth, which deflected off the foot of Cougars' hurler Ashley Sicard.
Laura Hempel, Lexie Killinger and Mattie Jacobsen all added singles for Treynor, which extended its winning streak to eight games in a row. In the state quarterfinals Monday, the Cardinals slipped past Iowa City Regina in 11 innings, 3-2.
Looking to wrap up their first-ever state trip on a high note, the Cougars will face Ridge View (31-12) for third place this morning at 11:30 a.m. on Diamond 2.