(Harlan) -- Future Central College teammates Morgan Schaben and Sydni Huisman battled it out Friday night, but in the end, it was Schaben who emerged victorious, guiding Harlan to a 2-1 victory over Class 3A No. 6 Treynor in a game heard on the KMAX-Stream.
"It was a good team win," Harlan head coach Brooke Wilson told KMA Sports, "Pretty much after the first inning Morgan just locked down and was in more command of her pitches. We knew it was going to be a pitching battle, but we have more than just a pitcher.
Schaben, who is also Coach Wilson's younger sister, threw seven innings, struck out 10 batters, allowed just three hits and gave up only one run.
"I locked in and started believing in my pitches more," Schaben said, "My changeup started working a lot better. That's my favorite pitch, so when it's on, it's on."
Huisman turned in a pitching gem of her own, striking out eight batters and walking just two. Huisman also allowed two earned runs, bring her season total to six earned runs.
"Morgan has been talking about this game for about three weeks," Coach Wilson said.
"I really wanted to beat her," Schaben said.
All three combined runs were scored in the first inning. Julia Schechinger's two RBI double in the bottom first gave Harlan the decisive 2-1 lead. Aurora Miller, Jordan Heese and Madison Kjergaard also recorded hits for the Cyclones. Harlan (26-6) will conclude their regular season Monday with a doubleheader against Denison-Schleswig.
Treynor's three hits came from the bats of Stella Umphreys, Konnor Sudman and Reagan Darrah. The Cardinals conclude their regular season with a record of 26-6. They will begin Class 3A regional action Wednesday against OABCIG at home.
Complete video interviews with Schaben and Coach Wilson can be viewed below.