Last year’s Section 4AAA tournament was a battle of inches, as, here, senior and first-base minder Mady Strom just misses getting the tag on a Woodbury player during the seventh inning. The Polars still shut out the Royals 7-0. A seasoned team hopes to repeat 2014’s exploits this year. (file photo)
The North softball nine is familiar with success and the upcoming season is one in which they will be looking to a repeat of last season.
The Flaming Cardinals won the girls’ championship: First row, from left: Nicole James and McKenna Jones. Second row: Haley Knoblauch, Stella Wright, Emily Knoblauch and Gracelyn Katchmark-Juhl. Third row: Katelyn Hackman, Madelena Nasby, Abby Murphy, Abby Nason, Alexis Radanke and Jayne Carvelli. Coaches not pictured: Jeremy Hackman, Mike James, Tom Knoblauch and Shane Nason.
Recently the Oakdale boys’ first grade baseball, and girls’ first and second grade softball rookies held their year-end championships at Oakdale’s Walton Park.
The North Polars were cruising along May 28 in semifinal Section 4AAA softball action at the McKnight Fields complex.
At the end of five innings North - behind the slants of hurler Haley Schanks - had a comfortable 5-0 leeway over their opponent, the Stillwater Ponies.
North High Polars are excited to be awarded the Class AAA Championship individual medals and team trophy May 29. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Polars shutout Woodbury Royals; next stop North Mankato
In the finals of the Section 4AAA softball tournament May 29 at the McKnight Fields softball complex, the No. 1-seeded North High Polars defeated the Woodbury Royals 7-0 to gain a trip to the Minnesota State Class AAA Softball Tournament.
• 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.
• 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 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.