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The Cougars dropped a 6-5 battle on the road in opening round of state playoffs

PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby softball's season came to a heartbreaking end against Jesuit. 
Canby's softball team may not have had the prettiest season, but it definitely battled until the very end. The Cougars traveled to Jesuit High School to face off with the No. 2 team in the Metro League in the first round of the playoffs.

Canby very nearly pulled an upset for the ages, but lost a very cruel 6-5 result after eight innings, on Monday, May 20.

Canby fell behind early, after Jesuit put a trio of runs on the board in the bottom of the second inning. It wasn't long before Canby answered back though, getting the action rolling in the top of the fourth inning.

Senior Kamryn Mobley hit Canby's first home run of the game on a line drive over the center field fence. The Cougars were on the board with one run. Towards the end of the inning sophomore Allison Morris singled on a pop fly to short stop, pushing junior Nicole Michelson through for Canby's second run.

Jesuit answered back with its own pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Cougars trailed 5-2 heading into what was supposed to be the seventh and final inning. Canby once again answered.

In the top of the seventh inning, after freshman Abigail Loomis and Morris singled on a line drive into right field, senior Parker Allhands hit a home run over the left field fence to tie the game up at 5-5. Canby was right back in it, the game went into an eighth inning.

Jesuit called game. Sophomore Madi Mayhew hit a walk off home run to end the game 6-5, and Canby's season was over.

Allhands finished the game with three RBIs, one hit, and one run. Morris had a trio of hits and one RBI, and Mobley two hits, one run, and one RBI. From the mound, freshman Jaiden Lee led Canby for five innings. Lee had one strikeout, five errors, and gave up seven hits and five runs. She threw 54 strikes on 83 pitches though for a strike percentage of .651.

The team put together a 7-19 overall record, and came on strong in the second half of league to put together a 6-6 record in the Three Rivers League (TRL) to secure third place. Though Canby lost its last three games, they were all decided by one run.

The Cougars put 120 runs on the board over the season, the lowest in the TRL, and gave up 221 runs, the most in the TRL. While Canby came on strong late in the season, there is still room to grow. The team loses senior leaders Kamryn Mobley and Parker Allhands in the offseason.

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