M-C girls, Carolan one-hitter shuts out Schaeffer

COURTESY OF TIFFANY DANIELSON Maddy Michels gets a hit for the Cougars as the Mabel-Canton team dominated the Schaeffer Academy Lions.

COURTESY OF TIFFANY DANIELSON Hannah Snell narrowly makes the base in the Cougars’ game against Schaeffer last week.

COURTESY OF TIFFANY DANIELSON Emily Carolan pitched a one-hit shutout for Mabel-Canton against Schaeffer Academy last Friday afternoon.
Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton Cougars only wound up with one softball game last week but will make up for it this week. Mabel-Canton scored 23 runs on 15 hits in blanking a young Schaeffer Academy squad on Friday, May 3, sweeping the two-game, regular-season series.

The game with Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons on Tuesday, April 30, was postponed, and no makeup date has been set as of press time.

Shortly before this edition went to press early this week, the Cougars (4-3, 4-2 SEC) fell 6-5 at Caledonia/Spring Grove. Complete coverage will be in next week's News Leader.    

M-C 23, Schaeffer 0              

Emily Carolan pitched a one-hit shutout for the Mabel-Canton girls in a run-rule, four-inning game at Rochester versus Schaeffer Academy last Friday. Mabel-Canton came out swinging and scored in each of the four frames. How productive was the offense? The Cougars were just one batter short of batting around the order every time.

Nine different Cougar batters contributed to a 15-hit attack, which included four doubles. Thorson drove in three runs while batting three for four with a double. Cloey Busch also had three runs batted in, going two for three with a two-bagger.

Payton Danielson (double, two RBIs) and Hannah Snell (RBI) each had two hits with one base hit each from Thea Snyder, Camryn Cox, Kenidi McCabe (double), Maddy Michels, Molly Lee and Jordyn Newgard

The lone Lion hit was a first-inning single by junior Julianne Waggie. The other Schaeffer base runners reached thanks to three walks and three Cougar errors. The Lions (1-9, 0-7 SEC) advanced a runner to third base in two different innings but could not avoid the shutout.

M-C had previously blanked the Lions 15-0 back in game two. The fledgling Schaeffer program suffered through its sixth shutout in 10 games while surrendering more than 20 runs for the sixth time. The Lion roster includes no seniors, four juniors, no sophomores, two freshmen, two eighth-graders and four seventh-graders.


To call this is a busy week for Mabel-Canton softball is a large understatement. After the one-run road loss at Caledonia/Spring Grove, the Cougars were on the road on Tuesday, May 7, for a non-conference game at Cannon Falls.

The girls host state-ranked Randolph for a doubleheader on Friday that may go a long way to deciding the conference champion.

Saturday, May 11, the Cougars head to Hayfield for an invitational tournament.

On Monday, May 13, the Cougars host Houston before heading to a big matchup with GMLOK on Tuesday.