Wyffels repeats Most Valuable, Arneson again Most Improved

Jack Arneson, Most Improved, 2nd year

Drew Wyffels, MVP, 3rd year, Hardest Worker
Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton baseball team voted on its postseason awards, and senior Drew Wyffels walked away with two of the three. He was voted Most Valuable Player for a third year by his Mabel-Canton baseball teammates and was also selected for the 2019 Hardest Worker Award. Jack Arneson was the choice for Most Improved for the second season

Wyffels, a senior pitcher and center fielder, led the team with 21 runs scored and 15 base hits this spring. He has led the team in those statistical categories for four straight sea sons.

He hit .385 and stole 21 bases this season, leading the team in those categories for the past three years.

The Cougar senior has been just as valuable on the mound, where he’s led the team in innings pitched for the past two seasons. His 51 strikeouts to just 24 walks this year make three-straight seasons with more strikeouts than walks. Wyffels has led the Cougar staff in strikeouts for three years.

Arneson - It’s not the first award for the sophomore second baseman, who was also voted Most Improved two years ago (2017) when he started at second base during his eighth-grade year. Arneson was with the team throughout his freshman year, but he was on the injured list and saw no playing time all season.

This spring, the sophomore was second on the team in both runs scored (6) and stolen bases (5).

Letter winners

Wyffels received a fifth varsity baseball letter while junior Parker Ingvalson is a four-year letter winner.

Sophomore Randy Gerard and junior manager Daylon Jacobsen each received their third baseball letters. Seniors Spencer Arnold and Brandon Schneider plus sophomores Jack Arneson and Colton Heintz-Kuderer are two-year letter winners.

Earning a first baseball letter were freshmen Jaymeson Tollefsrud and Alex Arneson as well as eighth-grader Jordan Larson and seventh-grader Cayden Tollefsrud.