Section softball playoffs winding down

By the end of this week, the fields will be set for next week's state softball tournaments. Unfortunately, none of the Bulletin-area teams is headed to North Mankato.

Both Irondale and Mounds View saw their seasons come to a close last Thursday while St. Anthony Village was ousted on May 16.

Irondale

The Knights, seeded sixth in Section 5AAA, went 1-2 in the post-season and finished the season 12-11.

Irondale opened the playoffs with a revenge victory by beating Totino-Grace 5-1. The Eagles had edged the Knights 6-5 in eight innings back in late April.

Against Totino-Grace, Irondale senior Maggie Schley picked up the victory by giving up just one run on seven hits. She walked three and struck out eight.

Offensively, Amy Irving drove in two runs and Michelle O'Rourke and Delaney Kohler had one each. Brittney Frenette went 3-for-4 and Mary Herstel was 2-for-2 as Irondale pounded out 11 hits.

In round two, Irondale faced Spring Lake Park, which it beat during the regular season. This time, payback went to the Panthers as they edged Irondale 1-0 in eight innings.

Next up for Irondale was an elimination game against Centennial. The Cougars won a back-and-forth game 4-3 to end the Knights' season.

Centennial struck first with a run in the top of the third, but Irondale answered right back with three in the bottom of the inning. Sophie Findell led off with single, advanced to second on an error and took third on Frenette's bunt single. Kohler then reached on an error that allowed Findell to score and Irving delivered a two-out, two-run double to make it 3-1 Irondale.

The Cougars tied it at 3-3 in the fourth before both teams went ice cold at the plate for two and a half innings. Starting with the final out in the top of the fourth, the next 16 batters failed to reach base.

Centennial halted that streak with an infield single to lead off the seventh inning. The runner eventually scored on a sacrifice fly and that run proved to be the game-winner.

Irondale threatened in the seventh when Findell doubled with two outs, but she was stranded at second.

Mounds View

The Mustangs went 2-2 in the Section 4AAA playoffs last week. Mounds View finished the season with a record of 11-13.

Mounds View, the eighth seed, opened the post-season at home hosting ninth-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall after splitting the season series with the Raiders. The Mustangs won the rubber match 5-1 and advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

Becky Volkert played a big part in the win over CDH. She pitched a complete-game victory, giving up one run on four hits and one walk. At the plate, she drove in the only runs Mounds View would need with a two-run single in the third inning.

Carlie St. George also provided another offensive boost by blasting a solo home run.

In round two, Mounds View went up against top-seeded Woodbury and while the Mustangs kept it close, the Royals proved to be too much. Woodbury knocked Mounds View into the loser's bracket with a 2-0 victory.

Mounds View staved off elimination once by beating Tartan 8-1. That set up a fourth-round contest against third-seeded Roseville, which had fallen into the loser’s bracket after dropping a 3-1 decision to second-seeded North St. Paul.

Roseville ended Mounds View's season by beating the Mustangs 8-3.

Heading into play this week, there were four teams still alive in the section. Woodbury and North St. Paul had yet to lose a playoff game while Roseville and Stillwater had one loss each. All four remaining teams are the top four seeds in the section.

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

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