Nail-biter goes Huskies' way

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The St. Anthony Village High School baseball team remained unbeaten in the Section 4AA playoffs following a 2-1 victory over Holy Angels on Tuesday.

Runs were hard to come by, as evidenced by the chances each team took late in the game. St. Anthony had two runners thrown out at home in the bottom of the fifth and Holy Angels had one thrown out at home in the top of the sixth. All three of those of outs came without the ball leaving the infield on the play.

St. Anthony got on the board in the bottom of the first thanks to a fielding miscue. Aidan Kelly led off by striking out but he reached first base when the third strike pitch got away from Holy Angels catcher Jack Piram. Kelly wound up at third following a Zach Siggelkow sacrifice bunt and a Noah Bluth groundout. Ryan Bernardy then drove in Kelly with a base hit.

The Huskies got another run in the fifth inning, which also started with Kelly reaching base, this time on a walk. Kelly then stole second and Siggelkow followed with another sacrifice bunt to move Kelly to third. With the infield in, Bluth bounced one to Holy Angels shortstop John Spanier, who might have peeked to see if Kelly was going home and let the ball go through his legs. Kelly scored and Bluth ended up on second after the Stars’ outfield had trouble getting the ball back to the infield.

Chris Schieffer then reached on an infield single, which sent courtesy runner Matt Tang to third. Bernardy followed with a grounder to second baseman Andrew Willner, who threw Tang out at home. Schieffer ended up on third and was later thrown out at home as the Huskies attempted a double steal.

Holy Angels got its only run in the sixth but came close to putting up more. Nick Benz led off with a single and eventually scored on another base hit. The Stars then had runners on first and third with two outs and tried to get St. Anthony to over-commit on the runner at first going to second. Bluth threw down to second, where Bennett Wiggins fielded the throw and fired back to Bluth to nail the runner at home.

The Stars had one last chance to tie it up in the seventh as Dan Strittmatter led off with a walk. That threat was quickly neutralized, however, as Bluth threw behind Strittmatter as he broke for second. St. Anthony first baseman Talbot Krause then fired to second, where Kelly applied the tag for the out.

The victory sends St. Anthony, the No. 1 seed, to a third-round match-up against archrival Minnehaha Academy on Thursday at Palm Field. Minnehaha Academy advanced with a 1-0 victory over St. Paul Academy on Tuesday.

Thursday’s winner advances to the winner’s-bracket final on Monday. The other winner’s-bracket game on Thursday pits second-seeded DeLaSalle against third-seeded Blake. DeLaSalle beat St. Paul Highland Park 4-0 on Tuesday while Blake topped St. Croix Lutheran 6-0.

 

Section 4AA baseball playoffs

Play-in game

Game 1 – St. Paul Washington 11, Nova Classical 4

 

First round

Game 2 – St. Anthony Village 12, St. Paul Washington 0, 5 innings

Game 3 – Holy Angels 7, St. Paul Central 1

Game 4 – Minnehaha Academy 22, St. Paul Johnson 0

Game 5 – St. Paul Academy 11, Minneapolis Edison 0

Game 6 – Blake 5, St. Paul Harding 0

Game 7 – St. Croix Lutheran 5, St. Paul Como Park 1

Game 8 – St. Paul Highland Park 12, Concordia Academy 8

Game 9 – DeLaSalle 15, St. Croix Prep 0

 

Second round

Game 10 – St. Anthony Village 2, Holy Angels 1

Game 11 – Minnehaha Academy 1, St. Paul Academy 1

Game 12 – Blake 6, St. Croix Lutheran 0

Game 13 – DeLaSalle 4, St. Paul Highland Park 0

 

Third round, May 29, 4:30 p.m.

Game 14 – Minnehaha Academy at St. Anthony Village

Game 15 – Blake at DeLaSalle

Game 16 – Holy Angels at St. Paul Academy

Game 17 – St. Croix Lutheran at St. Paul Highland Park

 

Fourth round, May 31, 1 p.m.

Game 18 – Game 16 winner vs. Game 15 loser at higher seed

Game 19 – Game 17 winner vs. Game 14 loser at higher seed

 

Fifth round, June 2, 4:30 p.m.

Game 20 – Game 14 winner vs. Game 15 winner at higher seed

Game 21 – Game 18 winner vs. Game 19 winner at higher seed

 

Loser’s bracket final, June 3, 4:30 p.m.

Game 22 – Game 20 loser vs. Game 21 winner at higher seed

 

Championship round, June 5, 5 p.m. at Midway Stadium

Game 23 – Game 20 winner vs. Game 22 winner

Game 24 – If necessary, to follow immediately

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