M-C boys fall to Bulldogs, Athletics, Hurricanes


LEE EPPS/NEWS LEADER The throw bounces toward Mabel-Canton third baseman Dawson Wangen as GMLOK's Dustin Copley comes up out of his slide.

LEE EPPS/NEWS LEADER Houston's Jaden Abraham is safe at second base while sitting on the ball as Mabel-Canton shortstop Cayden Tollefsrud goes after the low throw at second base.
By: 
Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton baseball team is still looking for that elusive first win of the regular season. The Cougars were scheduled to play Onalaska Luther on Monday, April 22, but that’s been moved by rain to May 11. The Cougars lost at home to new SEC member Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland on Tuesday 14-2. M-C lost a conference game at Lyle/Pacelli on the road on Thursday, 17-7 in six innings.

The Cougars dropped the season series against Houston after a 12-2 loss in five innings on Friday afternoon. The Cougars ended the week 0-7 (0-6 SEC) overall.

GMLOK 14, M-C 2

One day after being rained out on Monday of last week, the Mabel-Canton baseball boys fell at home to GMLOK, 14-2. In its first year of SEC play, GMLOK (6-1, 3-0 SEC) remained undefeated in the conference with a 12-hit attack. The Cougars played all seven innings for the first time this season but managed only four hits (all singles) against Bulldog starter Dylan Lunning. Two Bulldog pitchers combined to strike out nine and walk only four.

But, one of those walks helped MC score without a hit in the third inning when Drew Wyffels walked, stole both second and third bases, and then came home on a sacrifice fly from Cayden Tollefsrud.

GMLOK led only 3-1 before exploding for five runs in the fourth inning. Two of the Cougars' four hits scored their second run in the fifth inning when Jack Arneson singled and stole second. He scored on a single by Parker Ingvalson.

Three M-C pitchers (Ingvalson, Wyffels, Tollefsrud) combined to strike out five and walk only four, but seven errors helped the visitors score 14 runs on 12 hits. Ingvalson got the start and was the pitcher of record.

The Bulldogs roster consists mostly of juniors and seniors, but freshman Dustin Copley batted 3 for 4 with a three-run home run and a double. Senior Drew Copley went 2 for 4 with two doubles. Five of 12 GMLOK hits went for extra bases.

GMLOK went on to defeat two highly-regarded conference contenders to finish the week tied atop the SEC standings at 5-0 (8-1 season).

L/P 17, M-C 7

The Cougar offense showed more consistency than it had in the previous five games. M-C led for the first time this season when Wyffels led off the first inning with a single and eventually scored on a balk. However, an eight-run second inning put L/P ahead for good. But the Athletics (6-1, 3-1 SEC) did have to keep scoring to stay ahead.

The Cougars scored four runs in the third inning to make it 8-5 and added two more in the fourth to make it 11-7. L/P scored the final six runs to end the game via the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth.

Mabel-Canton finished with a season-best seven hits. Wyffels led the way by going 3 for 4, including a triple. Tollefsrud, Ingvalson, Jordan Larson, and Randy Gerard all contributed RBI singles for the Cougars.

But the Athletics, who had been living mostly off pitching and defense, finally saw their bats come alive for 14 hits (4 extra-base hits) and a season-high 17 runs. Sophomore Zach Bollingberg batted 3 for 4, one of five Athletics with multiple base hits.

Sophomore Cole Walter picked up the win while striking out nine and walking only four. He was backed up by a defense that committed just one error, half of the six Cougar errors came during the Athletics' big eight-run inning. Wyffels was the pitcher of record for M-C and kept the ball consistently around the strike zone, walking only one batter.

These teams are both young; L/P played with two seniors, two juniors, and six sophomores. M-C used two seniors, one junior, three sophomores, three freshmen, one eighth-grader and a seventh-grader.

Houston 12, M-C 2

M-C had some defensive highlights but managed only one hit when Ingvalson had an infield single in the fifth and final inning. Jaden Abrahamson tossed a one-hitter, but the junior southpaw did not always give the Cougars much to hit while walking eight batters and hitting one.

M-C scored both runs in the third inning while taking advantage of two walks, two passed balls, a wild pitch, and two stolen bases from Wyffels and Jack Arneson.

Wyffels scored on a ground out by Cayden Tollefsrud, and Arneson came home on the wild pitch to make the score 7-2.

Mabel-Canton had more chances to do some damage. In three of the five innings, the Cougars left the bases loaded — each time with an inning-ending strikeout.

Despite committing six errors, M-C had three outstanding defensive plays. Ingvalson picked off a Houston runner at third with the tag applied by Gerard.

Freshman Alex Arneson had an unassisted double play while snagging a line drive at first base. And Wyffels fielded a soft line drive into center field and threw out the batter before he reached first base.

Houston took a quick 2-0 lead, taking advantage of three M-C errors in the first inning.

Ingvalson absorbed the pitching loss despite walking only one batter (2 strikeouts). But the Hurricanes hit the ball hard with seven doubles among their 13 hits.

Abrahamson (5 RBIs), Alex Alfson (3 RBIs) and Cade Roth each belted a pair of two-baggers. Eight of the nine Houston batters had a base hit. Thanks to the M-C errors, only seven Houston runs were earned.

The 'Canes improved to 2-5 (2-4 SEC) with both wins coming against the Cougars with the 10-run rule. Houston had taken the season opener for both teams, 17-7

Schedule

The week began for the Cougars (0-8) with an 11-1 road loss at league co-leader Spring Grove on Monday, April 29.

Weather caused postponement of the April 30 home game against Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger,

The boys are scheduled to be on the road this Friday, May 3, at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester. The Cougars start next week with home games against Spring Grove and Wabasha-Kellogg on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7, respectively.