However, this was no time to relax. Humboldt came into the contest boasting a 24-7 record, and they were a force to be reckon with. In the fifth inning, the Wildcats managed two hits and nearly loaded the bases. But the Toreador defense held strong and stifled their efforts.
Senior Jake Mallas was firing on all cylinders from the hill. After two more innings of stout defense, the Toreadors held on for the win. They were headed to the State Tournament at Principal Park.
“It was because the defense made great plays behind me,” Mallas said of his complete game effort.
Boone would advance to play Sergeant Bluff-Luton in the first round of the State Baseball Tournament.