The River Falls softball team didn’t just win its first game of the season Saturday at the Wisconsin Dells Quad, it won its first tournament championship.
The Wildcats defeated Black River Falls 18-9, and followed that up with a 20-12 victory over Reedsburg, to snap a seven game losing streak and take first place at the Wisconsin Dells Invitational.
The Cats banged out a total of 31 hits in the two wins, including six each by Ali Laube and Jordan Schwantz.
Schawntz went 3-for-6 with home run, five RBI and two runs scored in the win against Reedsburg and Laube was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI and three runs scored while Lilly Burke had four hits and scored three runs and Alisha Latham had a two-run single and scored three times.
The Wildcats broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth and finished with eight runs in the seventh, capped by a two-run homer by Schwantz. Every batter in the Wildcat lineup scored at least one run.
Laube worked the first 4 ⅓-innings in the circle to earn the pitching victory, allowing six earned runs on seven hits while striking out two, while Avery Amidon gave up one earned run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts over the final 2 ⅔-innings.
Earlier in the day against Black River Falls the Cats scored 10 runs in the third inning on their way to an 18-9 win.
Schwantz was a home run short of hitting for the cycle while driving in three runs and scoring three times and Amidon had three hits, including a double, and three RBI. Laube singled twice, doubled, drove in three and scored four runs while Burke and Alisha Latham had two RBI each.
Laube and Amidon combined to strike out six in the five-inning victory.
Saturday’s victories came after the Wildcats fell to 0-4 by dropping a doubleader to Menomonie, 12-2 and 4-2, Thursday in River Falls.
Schwantz hit a two-run homer in the nightcap to give the Cats an early lead but Menomonie took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. Schwantz and Burke each had two hits in the loss.
An eight-run third inning lifted the Mustangs to a 12-2 victory in the opener. Jordan Torrez and Cheyenne Wilson had two hits each in the loss while Amidon had an RBI sacrifice fly.
River Falls has a home-and-home conference series with Rice Lake this week– Tuesday at Rice Lake and Thursday at home, before a makeup game at Hudson Monday, May 2.