Prep softball playoffs in full swing - May 20

Even in years when the weather cooperates, the high school spring sports season seems to go by in a flash. Despite it being only May 20, the fastpitch softball playoffs have already gone deep into the bracket.

Here's a look at where each of the Bulletin-area teams sit.

St. Anthony Village

The Huskies had an uncharacteristic regular season and that continued into the post-season. St. Anthony made it to only the third round of the Section 4AA playoffs before seeing its season come to an end.

St. Anthony went 9-11 in the regular season and was awarded the sixth seed in the section tournament. The Huskies opened the playoffs with an 18-3 pasting of 11th-seeded St. Paul Johnson to advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The next two rounds were played Saturday at Central Park in Ramsey, and things didn't go well for St. Anthony. The Huskies dropped their first game 7-5 to third-seeded St. Paul Como Park to fall into the loser's bracket.

In its first elimination game, St. Anthony dropped a 10-8 decision to Concordia Academy. The Huskies opened the season with an 11-1 win over the Beacons back in mid-April.

Saturday's loss to Concordia was St. Anthony's first since 2012 and the Huskies' streak of state-tournament appearances is stopped at three.

Irondale

The Knights (11-9) are the No. 6 seed in the Section 5AAA playoffs and opened the post-season on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. Irondale hosted 11th-seeded Totino-Grace in the first round.

Irondale entered that game looking to avenge a 6-5, eight-inning loss to the Eagles back on April 30.

The Irondale/Totino-Grace winner faced third-seeded Spring Lake Park on Tuesday. The Panthers split their two games with Irondale and Totino-Grace during the regular season. Irondale beat SLP 2-1 on May 6 and Totino-Grace lost 2-1 to the Panthers on May 13.

The section playoffs continue Thursday at Rice Creek with eight teams still alive. By the end of Thursday's two rounds, the tournament will be down to four teams.

The tournament wraps up next week with three games on May 26 and at least one and possibly two on May 28.

Mounds View

The Mustangs (9-11) drew the eighth seed in Section 4AAA and hosted ninth-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall in the first round on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

Mounds View and CDH split their two regular-season games with the Raiders taking a wild 14-10 decision on April 24 and the Mustangs returning the favor 9-3 on May 11.

The win over Cretin-Derham Hall was part of a four-game winning streak, the longest of the season for Mounds View. The Mustangs saw that streak come to an end in a 9-1 loss to New Ulm in the regular-season finale on May 15.

The Section 4AAA playoffs continued with round two on Tuesday and shifts to the McKnight complex in North St. Paul on Thursday. At the end of play on Thursday, only four teams will still be in contention. The tournament wraps up with the final three rounds on May 27 and 28.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.
 

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