The Wildcats rode a one-hitter from junior Ben Jacobson, who had the Tornadoes guessing all night as he struck out seven in the complete game effort. Jacobson entered with a record of 4-4 and a 3.15ERA but had the Tornadoes frustrated throughout with an effective curve ball and fast ball rotation.
Jacobson aided his own cause by getting Humboldt on the board in the fourth, lining a double to the gap in right to score Peyton Vote. The Wildcats got another in the fifth as Don Smith led off with a single and moved to second on an Austin Zylstra sacrifice. A passed ball moved him to third, before Caul Fevold drove him in with a single.
Storm Lake threatened in the sixth as Trey O'Brien and Ethan Kenkel drew back to back walks with one out, but Nic Seaman struck out swinging and Blake Overmohle popped out to end the inning.
Kenkel had a solid effort in the loss as he too went all seven innings. He gave up six hits, struck out ten and walked none. Aaron Krier notched the lone Storm Lake base hit, a single in the first.
Humboldt improves to 20-11 and will meet Bishop Heelan (33-9) in the next round.
Storm Lake ends the season with a record of 16-14. Departing seniors for the green and white are O'Brien, Adam Ullerich, Overmohle, James Russell, Taylor Friesen and Hesduardo Garcia.