On April 20, Mabel-Canton traveled to the Lake City Invitational Softball Tourney. Temperatures were cool, but the sun shone as the Cougars took the field for two ballgames. M-C went 1-1, taking runner-up in a the four team field.

M-C vs. Minneapolis Southwest

First up was Minneapolis Southwest, a AAA school from the Minneapolis City Conference.

Behind 9-0 without a base hit after four innings, and 11-5 with three outs to go, M-C, staged a winning rally capped by a Hannah Nolte single that scored Sara Lind from second base with two out in the bottom of the seventh. That was good for a 12-11 M-C victory.

"We had made some defensive errors earlier in the game, so it was nice to make a comeback and win," coach Kati Tweeten reported.

Sara Lind was the pitcher of record in both tourney games. Lydia Geving caught. Hannah Nolte batted 3 for 6; Coranda Vickerman went 2 for 4.

Sw 105 302 0 - 11 8 5

M-C 000 041 7 - 12 6 2

LOB: M-C 3, Sw 8

Stolen bases: M-C 10, Sw 1

Pitchers: M-C: WP Lind 7 IP, 11R (6ER), 8H, 2K, 8W

Extra-base hits: M-C 0, Sw 1

Hits - M-C: Nolte 2-4, rbi, 2 sb; Vickerman 1-2, 3sb; Geving 1-3, rbi, sb; Busch 1-3, sb; Hanson 1-3, sb;

Hits - Sw: names not available

M-C vs. Goodhue

Goodhue was the opponent in the championship. The Wildcats defeated M-C 16-5 in a 10-run rule shortened game.

"Sara had a few more walks this game and they were able to have more base runners and score a lot more runs," Tweeten said.

A 10-run second inning by the Wildcats made the difference.

M-C had scored twice in the first with a Nolte single, a walk, 2 stolen bases and an error. The Cougars then used back-to-back hits from Lind & Kourtney Coyle along with 5 walks and a hit batter to add 4 runs in the final fifth. But M-C left the bases loaded, and the game ended with the 10-run rule.

Ashlyn Stecklein hit 2 for 2 and Bailey Kreisler 2 for 3 to lead the 12-hit Wildcat attack. Goodhue had defeated Lake City 12-1 in the semi-finals. Lake City downed Southwest 12-6 in the third place game.

GHS 1(10)1 31 - 16 12 1

M-C 200 0 4 - 6 4 2

LOB: M-C 5, GHS 12

Stolen bases: M-C 3, GHS 6

Pitchers: M-C: LP Lind 5 IP, 16R (14ER), 12H, 1K, 12W

GHS - WP Pearson 4 IP, 1R (0 ER), 2H, 4K, 1W; unnamed reliever 1 IP, 4R (4ER), 2H, 1K, 5W, 1 HB

Extra-base hits: M-C 0, GHS 1 triple, 1 double

Hits - M-C: Nolte 1-2, sb; Vickerman 1-2, rbi, sb; Coyle 1-2; Lind 1-3

Hits - GHS: Stecklein 2-2, 2rbi; Wamke 1-1, rbi; Thompson 1-1, rbi; Kreisler 2-3, rbi; Strusz 2-4, rbi, dbl; Kennedy 2-5, 2rbi; Lexvold 1-2, rbi, trpl; Pearson 1-3, 2rbi