M-C softball exits tourney
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:20 AM
Number-eight seed Mabel-Canton ended its softball season last week in the 1A Sub-section quarterfinal game versus number-one seed Fillmore Central/Lanesboro.
M-C at FC/L, May 19
M-C 000 000 0 - 0 0 6
FC/L 201 203 x - 8 10 2
The best pitcher on a state-ranked team was too much for the Cougars to overcome on Monday, May 19. That's when M-C bowed out, 8-0, in the opening round of post-season play.
The Falcons put ace hurler Morgan Malley in for the start of their conference run. She tossed a no-hitter for FC/L, retiring 14 of the 21 batters with strikeouts.
Number-eight seed M-C had only two batters reach base - with a Falcon error in their fourth inning and after Chelcie Busch had drawn a walk in the first inning.
The Cougar highlight came on defense with a double play in the third frame.
M-C pitcher Sara Lind struck out two batters, issued no walks and allowed only two earned runs.
FC/L scored eight runs with 10 hits aided by six Cougar errors. Seven Falcons hit safely with Shelby Ebner and Megan Hendrickson each batting two-for-three. Malley hit two-for-four, including a two-RBI double, the only extra-base hit of the game.
The Cougars closed the season with a 5-10 record including a 4-2 second-place mark in the Southeast Conference.
The Falcons, who had defeated M-C 4-0 during the regular season, improved to 13-3. State-ranked number-nine FC/L gave up only one run in three sub-section games - blanking Lewiston-Altura, 2-0, in the semi-finals and defeating Wabasha-Kellogg, 2-1, in the 1A East championship game.
LOB: MC 2, FC/L 4
Stolen bases: MC 0, FC/L 3
(LP) Lind 6 IP, 8R (2 ER) 10H, 2K, 0W
(WP) Malley 7 IP, 0R, 0H, 14K, 1W
Extra-base hits: M-C none, FC/L double
Hits - MC: none
Hits - FC/L: Hendrickson 2-3, RBI, run; Ebner 2-3, run; Malley 2-4, 2RBI, dbl, run, 2sb; Barnes 1-2, sac, run; Aug 1-3, 2 runs; Brazee 1-3; Sprenger 1-4, 2RBI, run, sb; (Polin run, sac).
Sub-section 1A East Softball
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 8, Mabel-Canton 0
Lewiston-Altura 4, Houston 1
Wabasha-Kellogg 16, Rushford-Peterson 5
Chatfield 9, Goodhue 4
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2, Lewiston-Altura 0
Wabasha-Kellogg 7, Chatfield 4
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2, Wabasha-Kellogg 1
Chatfield 13, Lewiston-Altura 3
Chatfield 9, Wabasha-Kellogg 2
FC/L advanced to section tournament as 1A East champion; Chatfield advanced as runner-up
Section 1A Tournament
Kenyon-Wanamingo 2, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 0
Chatfield 4, Hayfield 3 (8 inn.)
Chatfield 6, Fillmore Central/Lannesboro 1
Finals May 29
Chatfield vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo (Chatfield will have to defeat K-W twice)
Three Rivers South Softball
Including May 27 games
*Spring Grove/Caledonia 9-1 (17-3 season)
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 8-2 (15-5 season)
^Chatfield 7-3 (17-7 season)
GMLOK 4-6 (8-14 season)
Rushford-Peterson 2-8 (4-14 season)
Southland 0-10 (2-19 season)
* champion, ^still alive in playoffs