Batting delivers two late-week wins for Cougar girls

TIFFANY DANIELSON/NEWS LEADER Cougar Payton Danielson gets a hit on Friday against the Houston Hurricanes. She went two-for-four with a double, driving in three runs and she, herself, scored three times.

TIFFANY DANIELSON/NEWS LEADER Maddy Michels guards home base for the Cougars and gets the catch on a Houston batter’s missed opportunity.

TIFFANY DANIELSON/NEWS LEADER Mabel-Canton senior Lexi Thorson gets the out during the Cougars’ matchup with Houston last Friday.
Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton softball team took two of the three Southeast Conference games they played last week. M-C couldn’t get much going offensively in a 10-1 home loss to Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland on Tuesday, April 23.

The Cougars hit the road on Thursday and beat Lyle/Pacelli by a 10-5 score, the offensive breakout game the Cougars were looking for.

They finished the week  beating Houston on the road 14-1 in five innings. M-C ended the week 3-2 both overall and in the Southeast Conference.

GMLOK 10, M-C 1

Every once in a while, a softball team just can’t find the key hit it needs to score enough runs to win a game. That was the case for the Mabel-Canton girls, who stranded 10 runners on base. They managed only four base hits (all singles) off sophomore pitcher Lily Hughes, who got 13 of the 21 outs with strikeouts. She walked six and was backed up by a defense that committed just one error.

Two of the four Cougar hits came in the same inning and led to their lone run. Singles by Lexi Thorson and Kenidi McCabe plus a walk to Jordyn Newgard loaded the bases for an RBI-groundout by Emily Carolan. That made the score 6-1 in the third inning.

New conference member GMLOK (5-2, 3-0 SEC)  remained unbeaten in league play with 10 runs on nine hits (8 singles, 1 double).

The Bulldogs put three hits together with three walks while jumping out to a 5-0 lead before the Cougars came to bat.

Six GMLOK batters had base hits, with freshman Brooke Kolden going 3 for 4 and another freshman, Lydia Voeltz, batting 2 for 3.

M-C 10, L/P 5

The Mabel-Canton girls got the offense going and used three big innings and a 15-hit attack to even their record at 2-2 (2-2 SEC) with a 10-5 win against Lyle/Pacelli at Todd Park in Austin. It ended a four-game winning streak for the Athletics (4-3, 2-2 SEC). 

The Cougars broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning, highlighted by an RBI-double from Thorson (2 for 4). That was the only extra-base hit for the Cougars, but they actually out-hit the Athletics 15 to 7.

Winning pitcher Emily Carolan protected the Cougar lead by scattering those seven L/P hits into six different innings. The lone extra-base knock for L/P was a solo home run by Faith King in the seventh inning.

M-C led only 3-2 before a big four-run sixth inning, featuring RBI singles from Hannah Snell (3 for 5, 2 RBIs), Molly Lee (2 for 4), and Maddy Michels (2 RBIs).

They weren’t finished as the Cougars added three more runs in the top of the seventh to extend a four-run lead into a 10-4 advantage. Everyone contributed as all nine M-C batters had base hits, including multiple hits from Cloey Busch (2 for 4) and Kenidi McCabe (2 for 5). Courtesy runner Emma Tollefsrud scored twice.

M-C 14, Houston 1           

The M-C girls showed pop in their bats as they pounded out 12 hits, nine going for extra bases, during a 14-1 ten-run run-rule, five-inning road win at Houston.

The 'Canes didn’t help themselves with 10 errors, but M-C coach Kati Bergey said, "We hit the ball hard. It was a nice win. This is the type of offensive game I have been waiting for! Hopefully, this is a turning point for the season."  

Newgard went 3 for 4 with a triple and two doubles while driving in six runs.

McCabe batted 2 for 4 with a triple and double as well as a run batted in while scoring three times herself.

Thorson hit 2 for 4 with a pair of two-baggers and an RBI while crossing the plate four times.

Danielson went 2 for 4 with a double, driving in three runs, and scored three times. Lee went 2 for 4 while Snell contributed a double.

The Cougars (3-2, 3-2 SEC) moved past the 'Canes into second place, taking command quickly, scoring four runs in each of the first three innings before tacking on two more scores in the fifth and final frame.

The Hurricanes (2-3, 2-2 SEC) left runners on base in four of the five innings but did not avoid a shutout until the final inning of the game that ended early with the 10-run rule.

For the home-team Hurricanes, Alyssa Rostad, Jeanna Hahn and Casey Porter each had two singles. Carolan earned the pitching decision, walking only two batters, while backed by a defense that was charged with only two errors.    


Wet conditions forced the postponement of the April 30 home game against Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons on Tuesday, April 30.

The girls will end the week on Friday, May 3, traveling to Rochester to play Schaeffer Academy. The Cougars won the first matchup against the Lions 15-0.

They start next week with non-conference road games at Caledonia on Monday, May 6, and at Cannon Falls on Tuesday, May 7.