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Lack of Spring brings sports siesta

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

April is vastly dwindling away. Rescheduled athletic events are quickly piling up. Area activities directors are hurriedly turning May into a jam-packed month for Fillmore County’s spring sports teams. Thus far, virtually the only ‘team’ involved in ball games or meets has been ‘team’ Mother Nature (save for a pair of indoor track and field competitions). Comprised of the impressive line-up of snow, sleet, rain, wind, and cold temperatures, Team Bad Weather is quite undefeated thus far this year. The week of April 8th saw the first (the only as of April 15th) Fillmore County ball team play a game. Mabel-Canton softball trekked to Glenville (where the last big snowfall didn’t hit as hard) to play the G-E Wolverines. The Cougars, a one-win squad in 2012, matched that win total in their first 2013 game. They downed G-E 17-3 in five innings. Junior catcher Lydia Geving led the way, going 4-4 with a trio of RBI’s. Third base-person Hannah Nolte was 3 for 3 and scored 3 times. Ashlyn Dahl was 2 for 4 whilst matching Geving’s 3 RBI total. Returning Cougar starting pitcher Kristina Mengis went 2 for 4 at the plate, but also picked up the win. She surrendered 7 hits and 3 runs with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts over the 10-run-rule shortened 5-inning game. The rest of Fillmore County’s teams are still waiting for team Mother Nature to concede winter, and give way to a true spring. They are waiting to take to dry, snowless and waterless fields and courses.

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