Raiders continue to roll in the post-season

The Roseville Area High School fastpitch softball team entered the post-season as one of the hottest teams in the state. The Raiders’ eight-game winning streak to close out the regular season was the third-longest in Class AAA.

Roseville kept up the winning in the first round of the Section 4AAA playoffs by beating Hill-Murray 4-1 on May 19. Roseville head coach Julie Standering said maturity and leadership had a lot to do with the team's surge down the stretch.

“It’s the maturity of the team that they don’t get caught up in the wins and losses,” Standering said. “I attribute it a lot to the maturity of the kids as well as to the leadership of our senior class.”

One of those seniors is pitcher Emma Hylen, who will play Division I college softball next year at Iowa State. Before that happens, however, she is looking to finish her final high school softball season as strongly as possible.

Hylen was solid against Hill-Murray, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out 11.

“It felt really good,” Hylen said. “I knew (my teammates) were backing me up no matter what I threw. I was comfortable with all my pitches.”

The offense made Hylen’s day a little bit easier by scoring early. Toni Bishop drove in a run in the bottom of the first and Trish Sherman collected an RBI in the third. The big blow then came in the fifth when Brooke Humphreys went deep for a two-run home run.

Hill-Murray scored its only run of the game in the sixth inning.

The victory moved Roseville to the third round on May 21 and a contest against second-seeded and eighth-ranked North St. Paul. There were also two elimination rounds played that day. Because of an early holiday deadline, results of those games were not available for this edition of the Review.

The section tournament resumes Wednesday with the final winner’s bracket game and the final two contests in the loser’s bracket. The two teams that emerge from both halves of the bracket meet in the section final on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. If two games are necessary, both will be played that night.

—Brian Meyers

Section 4AAA fastpitch softball playoffs

First round
Game 1—Mounds View 5, Cretin-Derham Hall 1
Game 2—Tartan 11, White Bear Lake 1
Game 3—Hill-Murray 7, South St. Paul 3
Game 4—East Ridge 11, Mahtomedi 1

Second round
Game 5—Woodbury 2, Mounds View 0
Game 6—Stillwater 1, Tartan 0
Game 7—Roseville 4, Hill-Murray 1
Game 8—North St. Paul 9, East Ridge 2

Third round
Game 9—Woodbury vs. Stillwater
Game 10—Roseville vs. North St. Paul
Game 11—Mounds View vs. Tartan
Game 12—East Ridge vs. Hill-Murray

Fourth round
Game 13—Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 loser
Game 14—Game 12 winner vs. Game 9 loser

Fifth round, May 27, 4:30 p.m. at McKnight
Game 15—Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner
Game 16—Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

Loser’s bracket final, May 27, 6 p.m.
Game 17—Game 16 winner vs. Game 15 loser

Championship round, May 28, 4:30 p.m. at McKnight
Game 18—game 15 winner vs. Game 17 winner
Game 19—If necessary, 20 minutes after Game 18

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