Cougar girls sweep four heading into sub-section

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Before a successful start in the sub-section tournament, the Mabel-Canton softball wrapped up the regular season with a May 14 non-conference loss at Class AA Lewiston-Altura by a score of 10-5,  followed by two SEC doubleheader sweeps - at home on May 16 versus Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger by scores of 12-8 and 15-3, and one day later at Schaffer Academy 30-3 and 19-0. The Cougars (14-6) finished second in the SEC at 6-3.


They took the No. 3 seed into the Sub-Section 1A East Tournament and held off No. 6 Southland 8-7 on May 21, shortly before the press deadline.

The Rebels (3-13) were eliminated while the Cougars (14-6) played at No. 2 Goodhue while this edition was going to press on May 22.

Now into the double elimination portion of the tournament, M-C plays again today (Thursday, May 24) at Preston at 4 p.m.

Look for complete playoff coverage in the next week's News Leader.

Loss at L-A, 10-5  

Mabel-Canton led the game 4-2 until Lewiston-Altura ripped off back-to-back four-run innings. Kenidi McCabe hit a lead-off home run to put the Cougars ahead 3-2 in the fourth. An RBI triple by Lexi Thorson made it 4-2 in the fifth.

L-A, which had only one base hit through the first four innings, took control in their final two times at bat with four hits (three doubles), while taking advantage of three Cougar errors and four free passes.

M-C out-hit their hosts six to five, but the Cougars committed twice as many errors (six to three) and received only half as many walks from Cardinal pitchers. All six M-C hits came from different players — Thorson, Kenidi McCabe, Jordyn Newgard, Lauren Wyffels, Payton Danielson and Hannah Snell.

The Class AA Cardinals (7-8) snapped a four-game losing streak.

M-C  020  111  0 - 5  6  6

L-A   110  044  x -10  5  3

LOB: M-C 7, L-A 9

WP-Koulen, LP-H. McCabe

McCabe 6 IP, 5H, 10R, 3ER, 6K, 8W, 2HB

Koulen 5 IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 6K, 1W, 2HB

Funk 2 IP, 2H, 1R, 0 ER, 3K, 3W


Win vs. G-E/AC, 12-8

The Cougars hit with some authority, including a home run from Kenidi McCabe (three for four, two RBIs) plus two triples from Thorson (three for four, three RBIs).

Wyffels also had a triple while Harley McCabe belted a double. Maddy Michels batted two for four, and Emily Carolan completed the 12-hit attack.

M-C led 8-2 before a four-run Wolverine rally made things more interesting in the fourth inning. It was a two-run, 9-7 Cougar lead before McCabe, McCabe, and Wyffels put together three straight hits to make it 12-7 heading into the final seventh inning.

GE/AC  101  041  1 - 8   7   3

M-C      240  213  x -12  12  2

LOB: GE/AC 7, M-C 8

WP-H. McCabe, LP-Bute

McCabe 7 IP, 7H, 8R, 6er, 1K, 6W, 1HB

Bute 6 IP, 12H, 12R, 6ER, 6K, 4W


Win vs. G-E/AC, 15-3

After a scoreless first inning in the nightcap, M-C batted around the order twice plus one batter in the second inning while scoring 13 runs.

Meanwhile, Carolan pitched a three-hitter, giving up only one earned run while striking out five and walking only two.

The Cougars hit seven doubles, including two each by Snell (two for two), and Kenidi McCabe (three for four), the latter batting three times in the second inning. Newgard also batted three for four with a double with other two-baggers coming from Thorson and Michels.

Danielson, Carolan and Wyffels also contributed to the 13-hit total. G-E/A-C returned home with a 2-16 record (2-8 SEC).

M-C     0(13)0  02 -15  13  5

GE/AC 001  02 - 3   3   5

LOB: M-C 7, GE/AC 7

WP-Carolan, LP-Kaettin

Carolan 5 IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 5K, 2W

Kaettin 5 IP, 13H, 15R. 14ER, 1K, 6W, 1HB


Win at Schaeffer, 30-3

M-C hammered out 19 hits in only four innings while first-season, winless Schaeffer gave up 20 or more runs for the sixth time in nine games.

Michels (triple, four RBIs), Kenidi McCabe (double, five RBIs) and Danielson (two RBIs) each had three hits. Two hits apiece came from Snell (triple), Thorson (double), and Harley McCabe. Also with base hits were Carolan (triple), Newgard, Dakota Delaney and Natalie Murray.

M-C  (10) 8 (10)  2 -30  19  0

SA    000  3 - 3  4  9

LOB: M-C 9, SA 1

WP-Carolan, LP-Lash

Carolan 4 IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 7K, 1W

Lash 4 IP, 19H, 30R, 14ER, 1K, 11W


Win at Schaeffer, 19-0

Harley McCabe tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out five batters in four innings. As the home team on the scoreboard in game two, M-C batted in only three innings but still scored 19 runs.

Danielson batted three for four with a triple. Two hits each came from Harley McCabe (double), Miranda Cox (three RBIs), and Kenidi McCabe.

Also hitting safely were Cloey Busch (three RBIs), Michels (triple), Wyffels (double), Thorson (double) and Snell.

Shut out for the fourth time in 10 games, the Lions dropped to 0-10 (0-10 SEC).

SA   000  0 - 0  1  2

M-C 62 (11) x -19  14  1

LOB: SA 3, M-C 5

WP-H. McCabe, LP-Waggle

McCabe 4 IP, 1H, 0H, 5K,1W, 1HB

Waggle 3 IP, 14H, 19R. 15ER


SEC Softball

>>end regular season

Randolph……….9-0 (17-0 all)

Mabel-Canton ..6-3 (13-6)

Lyle/Pacelli……..6-4 (9-5)

Houston ………..6-4 (7-11)

G-E/A-C………...2-8 (2-18)

Schaeffer……….0-10 (1-10)