Carolan voted MVP among four softball Cougars honored


Molly Lee Most Improved

Maddy Michels Co-Team Player

Emily Carolan MVP, Hardest Worker

Cloey Busch Co-Team Player
By: 
Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton softball team finished up another good season with a solid run in the playoffs. They recently handed out four postseason awards at the annual spring sports ceremony. Freshman pitcher Emily Carolan was a multiple award winner, voted both Most Valuable Player and the Hardest Worker Award.

Carolan was one of four players honored by their 2019 Mabel-Canton softball teammates. Senior Maddy Michels and junior Cloey Busch shared the Team Player Award while freshman Molly Lee was the choice for Most Improved.

Carolan

(MVP, Hardest Worker)

To say the Mabel-Canton freshman was a workhorse in the pitcher’s circle would be an understatement. Carolan pitched all 141 innings of the season with a 3.38 earned run average. She helped herself at the plate as well, batting .303 with 13 RBIs.

Michels (co-Team Player)

The Cougar senior has made quite an impact on the softball program. She’s now been voted a team award for the fourth-straight season, this year as Team Player. She’s been a starter for five years (since eighth grade), including the last four seasons at catcher. Michels finished second on the team with 56 putouts. The senior made things happen at the plate, finishing with a career on-base percentage of .351, including 23 extra-base hits.

Busch (co-Team Player)

The junior was a backup at catcher and first base and saw action at the plate as a designated player. Even though her appearances were somewhat limited as a backup, she made the most of her chances. Busch came through with runners on base, generating seven RBIs on her five hits.

Lee (Most Improved)

The freshman was the starting right fielder and made a solid offensive contribution. Lee scored 20 runs and drove in 16 runs with 19 hits.

Letter winners

Senior Lexi Thorson is a six-year softball letter winner while seniors Michels and Hannah Snell each received a fifth letter.

Junior Payton Danielson and sophomore Kenidi McCabe are three-year letter winners. Lettering for the second season were sophomores Jordyn Newgard and Lauren Wyffels as well as freshman Carolan.

Receiving their first varsity softball letters were junior Busch, freshmen Lee and Emma Tollefsrud along with eighth-grader Gwen Tollefsrud.

There were 31 girls playing softball: 3 seniors, 2 juniors, 4 sophomores, 8 freshmen, 3 eighth graders, 1 seventh grader and 10 sixth graders.

Recap

The Cougars won a sub-section championship for the second time in the last three seasons. For the second-straight year, Mabel-Canton finished the season with a 15-8 record, and it’s the third-consecutive season with a winning record and runner-up conference finish. (Randolph, the 2019 and 2018 conference champion, finished third at the state tournament both years).

This spring, the average score was an 8 to 5 Cougar win. M-C, as a team, batted .309 to the opponents' average of.287