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Fastpitch softball round-up
St. Anthony Village
A schedule change pushed the final two rounds of loser’s-bracket play in Section 4AA past the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. St. Anthony Village was one of the teams involved in those games.
The Huskies, who won their first three section games by a combined score of 48-1, dropped into the loser’s bracket via a 4-1 loss to Visitation on May 20. St. Anthony then needed to win its game last Friday to advance to Tuesday’s section final at Hamline University.
The other two teams still alive in the loser’s bracket were Minnehaha Academy and DeLaSalle.
Rain early last week pushed all the games in the Section 5AAA playoffs back a day, meaning Irondale’s third game was played past the early deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.
The Knights, seeded fourth, received a first-round bye and then a rude awakening as 12th-seeded Coon Rapids pulled off its second upset in as many days on May 21. The Cardinals followed up their 6-5 win over fifth-seeded Osseo with a 6-5 win over Irondale.
The loss dropped the Knights into the loser’s bracket, where they staved off elimination with a 10-5 win over eighth-seeded Centennial on May 22.
Irondale traveled to second-seeded Rogers on Friday in hopes of extending its season another week. The playoffs continue this week with three games on Tuesday and the championship final on Thursday.
Top-seeded Maple Grove and No. 3 Spring Lake Park entered this week unbeaten in section play. Maple Grove beat Centennial and Coon Rapids last week while Spring Lake Park took care of Park Center and Rogers.
The Mustangs saw their season come to an end in the third round of the Section 4AAA playoffs last week. Mounds View went 1-2 in the post-season and finished the year with a record of 8-15.
Mounds View, seeded seventh, opened the playoffs with a 1-0 victory over 10th-seeded Tartan on May 20. Jacky Volkert scored the only run of the game and also threw out a pair of baserunners from her catcher position to help secure the victory.
The victory sent Mounds View to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and a match-up against second-seeded Hill-Murray. The Mustangs saw the offense increase as they rapped out 10 hits against the Pioneers but they still came out on the short end of a 4-3 decision.
Now in the loser’s bracket, Mounds View’s first elimination game was against third-seeded Woodbury, a surprise second-round loser to sixth-seeded Stillwater. The Royals took out their frustration by belting the Mustangs 11-1 and also avoided elimination in the next round by beating fourth-seeded East Ridge 4-1.
Heading into the final two days of the tournament, there are four teams still alive. Top-seeded North St. Paul and Stillwater have yet to lose while Woodbury and Hill-Murray have one loss each.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.