Tough day for fastpitch teams

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The fastpitch softball teams from Irondale and Centennial high schools were scheduled to face each other in the season opener in early April but weather and field conditions conspired to keep them apart and they were unable to reschedule the game. The Knights and Cougars will get to square off after all, although Irondale would prefer to be somewhere else.

Irondale hosts Centennial in an elimination game in the Section 5AAA playoffs on Thursday.

The fourth seed, Irondale hosted 12th-seeded Coon Rapids in a second-round game on Wednesday. The Cardinals got the shot at the Knights via their first-round upset of Osseo on Tuesday and they continued their improbable post-season run by taking down Irondale 6-5 on Wednesday.

The Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings but Coon Rapids fought back. The Cardinals scored twice in the top of the fifth inning and four more times in the sixth to take the lead.

Irondale got a runner as far as third in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t push across the tying run.

The Centennial team paying Irondale a visit on Thursday is the eighth seed. The Cougars opened the post-season on Tuesday with a 6-5 victory over ninth-seeded St. Michael-Albertville and followed that up with a 5-1 loss to top-seeded Maple Grove.

The Section 5AAA playoffs continue tomorrow with two more games. The Centennial/Irondale winner will play another elimination game against either third-seeded Spring Lake Park or second-seeded Rogers. Champlin Park and Park Center meet in an elimination game on Thursday and the winner takes on either Maple Grove or Coon Rapids on Friday.

Section 5AAA fastpitch softball playoffs

First round

Game 1 – Centennial 6, St. Michael-Albertville 5

Game 2 – Coon Rapids 3, Osseo 1

Game 3 – Park Center 2, Blaine 1

Game 4 – Champlin Park 3, Totino-Grace 1

 

Second round

Game 5 – Maple Grove 5, Centennial 1

Game 6 – Coon Rapids 6, Irondale 5

Game 7 – Spring Lake Park 1, Park Center 0

Game 8 – Rogers 4, Champlin Park 1

 

Third round, May 22, 4:15 p.m.

Game 9 – Coon Rapids at Maple Grove

Game 10 – Spring Lake Park at Rogers

Game 11 – Centennial at Irondale

Game 12 – Champlin Park at Park Center

 

Fourth round, May 23, 4:15 p.m.

Game 13 – Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 loser at higher seed

Game 14 – Game 12 winner vs. Game 9 loser at higher seed

 

Fifth round, May 27, 3:30 p.m. at Rice Creek

Game 15 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner

Game 16 – Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

 

Loser’s bracket final, May 27, 4:45 p.m. at Rice Creek

Game 17 – Game 16 winner vs. Game 15 loser

 

Championship round, May 29, 3:30 p.m. at Rice Creek

Game 18 – Game 15 winner vs. Game 17 winner

Game 19 – If necessary, to follow immediately

 

Mounds View

The Mounds View High School fastpitch softball team saw its run production jump a bit on Wednesday but it wasn’t enough to take down Hill-Murray. The Pioneers escaped with a 4-3 victory in a Section 4AAA second-round game.

Mounds View got the chance to face Hill-Murray thanks to its 1-0 win over Tartan in the first round on Tuesday. After that game, Mounds View head coach Frank Roth lamented the offensive funk his team had settled into recently.

The Mustangs, seeded seventh, tripled their run output against the second-seeded Pioneers but Hill-Murray came up the walk-off win via a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Pioneers scored one in the bottom of the first and two more in the fifth before Mounds View broke through with three in the sixth to tie it.

Mounds View ended up with 10 hits after managing just two against Tartan.

The loss drops Mounds View into the loser’s bracket and an elimination game on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the McKnight softball complex in North St. Paul. Awaiting the Mustangs is third-seeded Woodbury, which was upset by sixth-seeded Stillwater on Wednesday.

The Mounds View/Woodbury winner plays a second game on Thursday, against either top-seeded North St. Paul or fourth-seeded East Ridge.

Section 4AAA fastpitch softball playoffs

First round

Game 1 – Cretin-Derham Hall 14, South St. Paul 0, 5 innings

Game 2 – Roseville 11, Mahtomedi 1, 6 innings

Game 3 – Stillwater 5, White Bear Lake 0

Game 4 – Mounds View 1, Tartan 0

 

Second round

Game 5 – North St. Paul 5, Cretin-Derham Hall 1

Game 6 – East Ridge 6, Roseville 2

Game 7 – Stillwater 6, Woodbury 1

Game 8 – Hill-Murray 4, Mounds View 3

 

Third round, May 22, 4:30 p.m. at McKnight

Game 9 – North St. Paul vs. East Ridge

Game 10 – Stillwater vs. Hill-Murray

Game 11 – Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Roseville

Game 12 – Woodbury vs. Mounds View

 

Fourth round, May 22, 6 p.m. at McKnight

Game 13 – Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 loser

Game 14 – Game 12 winner vs. Game 9 loser

 

Fifth round, May 28, 4:30 p.m. at McKnight

Game 15 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner

Game 16 – Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

 

Loser’s bracket final, May 28, 6 p.m. at McKnight

Game 17 – Game 16 winner vs. Game 15 loser

 

Championship round, May 29, 4:30 p.m. at McKnight

Game 18 – Game 15 winner vs. Game 17 winner

Game 19 – If necessary, to follow immediately

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