The Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville adapted softball teams closed out their seasons with appearances in the state tournament on the last weekend of May. One made a surprising run to the finals while the other ran into some tough competition.
North High junior Abby Arko (12) steals second base safely as the ball gets loose during Section 4AAA playoffs. The Polars lost 4-3 to Woodbury in 11 innings at McKnight Fields May 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Woodbury tops North in extra innings, 4-3
It was a showdown of unbeatens May 27 at McKnight Fields when the No. 1-seed Woodbury Royals took on the No. 2-seed North High Polars.
In a nail-biter that went to the last of the 11th inning before a decision was rendered, the seedings proved right as the Royals outlasted the Polars by 4-3.
The Royals put the first two runs on the board in first inning on doubles into the left center field gap off the bats of Amanda Dickmeyer and Ashley Mickschl.
A second out later Alexis Jacobs slammed a single up the middle and Mickschl scored to push the count to 2-0.
North High freshman Sophie Cave (16) slides in safely stealing second base in 3rd inning Section 4AAA playoff action. The Polars won 3-1 over Roseville at McKnight Fields May 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Local teams are in the running for Section 4AAA softball bragging rights, with play set for May 27 and 28 at McKnight Fields.
Despite 45-degree weather and brisk, northwesterly winds, the Hill-Murray Pioneers and South St. Paul Packers squared off for seven full innings in the Section 4 Class AAA softball playoffs Monday, May 18.