Mankato, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Cherry-Cotton Tigers fell one game short of the program's first-ever Class A state softball championship, falling 8-2 to New Life Academy on Friday.
The Tigers committed five errors in the field, leading to five unearned runs for the Eagles in the championship contest.
Taylor Sauter had two of four hits for Cherry-Cotton against New Life Academy starting pitcher Rebeka Schmidt, who went the distance while striking out 10 batters.
Sara Sauter pitched every inning of the tournament for the Tigers. In the title game, Sauter went six innings, allowing only two earned runs on five hits while striking out nine.
The second-place finish is the highest in Cherry-Cotton softball history, this being only the second time the Tigers qualified for the state tournament - the other coming last season.
Posted by Zach Schneider