Beacons fastpitch survives first three rounds

The Beacons were among the final four teams in last year’s Section 4AA playoffs. The fastpitch softball team has a chance to reach that spot again this season if they can pull off an upset on Tuesday.

Concordia began the week as one of six teams still vying for the section title, and a win over DeLaSalle on Tuesday would match last year’s playoff run.

Seeded sixth, Concordia opened the post-season on May 15 with 12-11, eight-inning victory over 11th-seeded St. Paul Central. Claire Heilman drove in the game-winning run with a double.

The tournament then moved to Ramsey on Saturday. Concordia opened the day against third-seeded St. Paul Como Park and fell 3-1 to the Cougars. With the season on the line in the second game on Saturday, the Beacons responded with an 8-3 victory over seventh-seeded St. Paul Highland Park.

The DeLaSalle team Concordia faces on Tuesday is seeded fourth and beat 13th-seeded St. Paul Harding and fifth-seeded Minnehaha Academy in the first two rounds before falling to top-seeded Visitation on Saturday.

Concordia beat the Islanders 8-5 in a regular-season match-up on May 6.

The other elimination game on Tuesday pits fifth-seeded Minnehaha Academy against Como Park. The two loser’s-bracket winners advance to another elimination game on Thursday.

In the winner’s bracket, Visitation takes on second-seeded St. Anthony Village on Tuesday with a spot in the championship round on the line.

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Section 4AA fastpitch softball playoffs

First round
Game 1: St. Croix Lutheran 5, St. Paul Academy 4, 8 innings
Game 2: DeLaSalle 10, St. Paul Harding 0
Game 3: Minnehaha Academy 10, St. Paul Johnson, 5 innings
Game 4: St. Paul Como Park 11, St. Croix Prep 0
Game 5: Concordia Academy 12, St. Paul Central 11, 8 innings
Game 6: St. Paul Highland Park 12, St. Paul Humboldt 0, 5 innings
Game 7: St. Anthony Village 29, St. Paul Washington 0, 5 innings

Second round
Game 8: Visitation 8, St. Croix Lutheran 3
Game 9: DeLaSalle 3, Minnehaha Academy 0
Game 10: St. Paul Como Park 3, Concordia Academy 1
Game 11: St. Anthony Village 13, St. Paul Highland Park 0, 5 innings

Third round
Game 12: Visitation 5, DeLaSalle 2
Game 13: St. Anthony Village 6, St. Paul Como Park 1
Game 14: Minnehaha Academy 4, St. Croix Lutheran 2
Game 15: Concordia Academy 8, St. Paul Highland Park 3

Fourth round, Tuesday
Game 16 : St. Anthony Village at Visitation, 4:30 p.m.
Game 17 : Minnehaha Academy at St. Paul Como Park, 4:30 p.m.
Game 18 : Concordia Academy vs. DeLaSalle at Bryn Mawr, 4 p.m.

Fifth round, Thursday
Game 19 : Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner at TBD, 4 p.m.
Game 20 : Game 16 loser vs. Game 19 winner at TBD, 5:45 p.m.

Championship round, May 27 at Hamline University, 5 p.m.
Game 21 : Game 16 winner vs. Game 20 winner
Game 22 : If necessary, May 29, 5 p.m.

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