The Cougars hit the baseball field for three games last week, traveling to Schaeffer Academy on Thursday, April 25, then competing in the Lake City Tournament two days later.

Mabel-Canton at Schaeffer Academy

Sophomore outfielder Roman Lahr went 3 for 3, scored one run and drove in another to lead SA to a 2-0 victory in their season opener. Freshman second baseman Tanner Fiek batted 2 for 3.

The Cougars (0-3, 0-1 SEC) remained scoreless after three games.

Luke Harris, the all-conference winning pitcher, worked the first five innings, giving up only one hit while striking out 8 and walking 2.

M-C managed only 3 hits, each in a different inning. Justin Ward, Noah Manning and Jon Selness each had a single. Leadoff walks in the fifth and seventh innings helped M-C advance runners to third base, but Harris and reliever Luke Foley pitched out of both jams.

Collin O'Bieglo went the distance for M-C, allowing only one earned run while striking out 5 and walking only one.

The Cougars committed 3 errors to none for SA, but for M-C the highlights came on defense. In their first double play of the season, shortstop Wes Richert made a play in the air and then threw out a Lion base runner retreating to first base. Behind the plate in the fourth inning, Manning threw out two runners attempting to steal second base.

M-C 000 000 0 - 0 3 3

SA 100 100 x - 2 7 0

LOB: MC 6, SA 9

Stolen bases: MC 4, SA 2

Pitchers - M-C: (LP) O'Bieglo 6 IP, 2R (1 ER), 7H, 5K, 1W

SA: (WP) Harris 5 IP, 0 R, 1H, 8K, 2W; Foley 2 IP, 0 R, 2H, 2K, 1W

Extra-base hits: none

Hits - MC: Ward 1-2, 2 sb; Manning 1-3, sb; Selness 1-3. (Wenthold sb)

Hits - SA: Lahr 3-3, RBI; Fiek 2-3, RBI; Coleman 1-3; Harris 1-3

M-C versus Lake City, Game One (semifinal)

The Cougars managed only 2 hits versus the host but they came in the same inning, producing their first run of the season. The Tigers (who came in with a 6-1 record) broke lose for eight runs in the third inning on the way to an 11-1 win.

Keyser Wenthold led off the third inning with a single and scored on a two-out single by Wesley Richert. Later, Wenthold made an incredible diving catch in center field that saved a run by producing the third out.

The Class A Cougars could not contain the Class AA Tigers who would finish the day with the tournament championship, defeating River Falls, Wisconsin 3-2 in the final.

LC starter Ben Schramski and reliever Jack Falvey combined to strike out 10 and walk only 3. But all three bases on balls came at the start the Cougar second. One runner was thrown out stealing, and then Schramski escaped with 2 strikeouts.

Richert was the pitcher of record for M-C. Justin Ward came on in relief in the third inning. Eighth grader Weston Whalen made his varsity mound debut in the fifth.

The game ended by 10-run rule with one out in the fifth inning.

M-C 001 00 - 1 2 4

LC 208 01 - 11 7 0

LOB: MC 3, LC 4

Stolen bases: MC 2, LC 9

Pitchers: M-C (LP) Richert 2.2 IP, 10R (4ER), 5H, 1K, 5W, 2HB; Ward 1.1 IP, 0 R, 1H, 1K, 0 W; Whalen 0.1 IP, 1R (0 ER), 1H, 1K, 1W, 1HB

LC - Schramski 3 IP, 1R (1ER), 2H, 7K, 3W; (WP) Falvey 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3K, 0 W

Extra-base hits: M-C none; LC 2 doubles

Hits - MC: Richert 1-2, RBI; Wenthold 1-3, 2sb

Hits - LC: L. Thomas 2-3. 3RBI, dbl, 2sb; Lundell 1-1, 2RBI; Simonic 1-2, RBI, sb; Smith 1-3, RBI; Falvey 1-1; Schramski 1-1, 3RBI, 2sb;

M-C versus Bethany Academy, third place

BA, a Class A private school from Bloomington, was outside for the first time this season and had lost 12-0 in the semi-final against River Falls. They squeaked out an 8-7 win over the Cougars in the third place round.

M-C scored the first three runs, fell behind 7-5 and pulled even at 7-all in the sixth inning. The Eagles scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the sixth with a triple by Luke Mikhail and a one-out single from Logan Greely.

The Cougars' statistical advantage came with 9 stolen bases. BA won by only one run but out-hit the Cougars 10 to 5. Four Eagles batted 2 for 4.

Three of the Cougars' five hits came in the first inning when a two-RBI single from Donnie Lind gave M-C a 3-0 lead. Collin O'Bieglo hit 2 for 3 for the Cougars. Other singles came from Manning and Ward.

Manning took the pitching loss despite fanning 5 and walking none.

Both ball clubs were comprised of young players. There was only one senior, six juniors, six sophomores and five freshmen on the field.

M-C 302 101 0 - 7 5 4

BA 124 001 x - 8 10 3

LOB: MC 6, BA 7

Stolen bases: MC 9, BA 0

Pitchers: M-C Ward 2.1 IP, 7R (3ER), 7H, 1K, 5W; (LP) Manning 3.2 IP, 1R (1ER), 3H, 5K, 0W

BA Greely 4 IP, 6R (5ER), 5H, 4K, 3W; (WP) Larin 2 IP, 1R (0 ER) 0 H, 2K, 2W; Johnson 1 IP, 0R, 0 H, 1K, 0W

Extra-base hits: M-C none; BA triple, double

Hits - MC: O'Bieglo 2-3, sb; Ward 1-3, 2sb; Lind 1-4, 2RBI, 3sb; Manning 1-4, sb; (Wenthold 2sb)

Hits - BA: L. Mikhail 2-4, 2RBI, trpl; Larin 2-4, RBI; Brausen 2-4, dbl; M. Mikhail 1-2; Greely 1-3; Wedel 1-3, RBI; Johnson 1-3

This week

Just before the press deadline, the M-C boys lost both ends of a home double header with Lyle/Pacelli, 6-1 and 13-5. Look for complete coverage in next week's News-Record. The Cougars hosted Schaeffer Academy on Tuesday of this week before a road game at Houston on Thursday, May 2. Schaeffer will be back in town on Monday, May 6.