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It took a little more than 24 hours for Regina to move one win away from a return trip to the state tournament.
Regina won its second regional game in 24 hours on Friday with a 2-1 win over River Valley Conference rival Cascade in the Class 2A, Region 7 semifinals in Regina.
The Regals downed Alburnett 5-0 on Thursday in a Region 7 quarterfinal pushed back one day by rain.
On Friday the Regals used a second consecutive stellar outing from Emma Nibaur and a home run by Annie Gahan to advance to the Region 7 title game.
Regina will face fourth ranked Northeast (19-2) on Monday at 7 p.m. in Goose Lake for a spot in the state tournament.
Northeast ran its winning streak to 10 with a 16-6 win over Dyersville Beckman in the other Region 7 semifinal.
Regina fell to Northeast 8-5 in the regular season meeting between the two teams on July 2 in Goose Lake.
After throwing six shutout innings on Thursday Nibaur allowed just one run on two hits while striking out six without walking a batter on Friday.
A sixth-inning solo home run by Devin Simon accounted for all the scoring for the Cougars.
Jaelynn Erst walked and scored on a passed ball in the third inning to give Regina a 1-0 lead.
The Regals led 2-0 after Gahan launched a solo home run in the fifth.
Cascade had a four-game winning streak snapped with the loss and closed the season 6-9.
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W – Emma Nibaur L – Devin Simon
HR – ICR: Annie Gahan. CAS: Devin Simon