It took a total team effort for the Cascade softball team, June 26, and to a player, they were up to the task, as the Cougars wrapped up the three-game week with a 10-7 triumph over visiting Mid-Prairie.

Alyssa Lux spearheaded a strong pitching performance, throwing into the sixth inning before being relieved by Maggie McDermott. “Both did a great job pitching,” said coach Sonya McCormick. “I was very impressed with their composure on the field, being two young pitchers with not a lot of varsity experience.”

Shannon Morris led the hit parade with three, Devin Simon, Sam Frasher and Alyssa Lux had two each and Alyssa Koppes stroked a key two-run double in the fourth.

“It was a bit rainy but the girls did a great job of staying in the game and focused,” McCormick said. The bats were a lot better this week, and even though it wasn’t two wins at the end of the week, we are making progress every game we play.”

The Cougars dug themselves a sizeable hole in Anamosa, June 22, surrendering five first-inning runs to the host Blue Raiders on their way to an 11-2 loss.

The defeat spoiled a perfect 3-for-3 night at the plate for Morris, who rapped out three singles. All of Cascade’s 10 hits were singles, with Simon, Claudia Noonan and Mckenna Gehl each collecting a pair, but it was Koppes providing the only RBI.

The Blue Raiders’ Grace Lubben was a thorn in the side of Cascade pitcher Simon, solving her for two singles and a pair of triples, while teammate Ellie Tallman missed the cycle by a triple in a 3-for-4 performance.

Simon went the distance in the circle, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits, striking out three and walking a pair.

Cascade returned home June 25 and was just three outs away from recording its second win over the year versus Durant, but those three outs didn’t come quite soon enough.

Trailing 4-1 to begin the seventh inning, the Wildcats clawed their way to three runs to tie the contest, before plating five big more in the top of the 10th and holding Cascade scoreless to defeat them 9-4.

Simon provided a pair of hits for the Cougars while pitching into the 10th inning. Gehl and Taylor Menster also had two hits apiece.

“We were hitting the ball hard still at the end, but just couldn’t find the gaps,” said McCormick. “We had them in the seventh, but they were able to find a few short gappers to tie it up.”

Allie Poston homered and drove in four for Durant, and a rubber-armed Kyle Schult pitched a complete game for the win, throwing 115 pitches and allowing just four runs (three earned) on seven hits, striking out five and issuing just one walk.