Deep runs on the diamond

Aryka Knoche
Aryka Knoche
Brittany Boss
Brittany Boss
Emma Hylen
Emma Hylen

Both the baseball and softball teams from Roseville Area High School saw their seasons come to an end last week at the hands of teams from the same school.
North St. Paul, the No. 2 seed in both tournaments, eliminated the Raiders on both fronts.

Roseville’s longest playoff run in five years lasted until the section semifinals. The Raiders went 3-2 in the Section 4AAA tournament and lost in the loser’s bracket final.

Roseville, the No. 3 seed, entered the final two days of the tournament with one loss and staved off elimination on May 27 by beating fourth-seeded Stillwater 1-0.

Aryka Knoche drove in the only run of the game with a double in the fifth inning. The hit plated Brittany Boss, who had reached on a two-out error.

Emma Hylen kept Stillwater off the scoreboard by scattering four hits, walking only two and striking out nine.

It was announced later in the week that Hylen is one of seven finalists for the Ms. Softball award that goes to the most outstanding senior prep softball player. Hylen is one of four pitchers up for the award.

Following the Stillwater win, Roseville had to wait a few minutes to find out its next opponent. Woodbury and North St. Paul had gone to extra innings in their game and the Raiders would face the loser.

Woodbury ended up prevailing 4-3 in 11 innings to send North St. Paul to the loser’s bracket final.

The Polars ended Roseville’s run by beating the Raiders 10-4. North St. Paul was responsible for both of Roseville’s section losses after beating the Raiders 3-1 in the third round.
Roseville finished the season with a record of 16-7.


The Raiders entered last week’s action in the Section 4AAA playoffs with a 1-1 record. They staved off elimination with a 6-2 win over Stillwater on Memorial Day to earn a trip to CHS Field for the next round.

Roseville, seeded eighth, faced second-seeded North St. Paul on May 28 and came up just short. The Raiders fell behind early and couldn’t quite rally all the way back as the Polars prevailed 5-4 to eliminate Roseville.

Roseville led by one in the middle of the second and third innings but each time North St. Paul had an answer. The Polars tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the second and scored four in the bottom of the third to make it 5-2.

Roseville got one back in the fifth and drew within one in the seventh but couldn’t produce the tying run.

Tim Pasiuk and Luke Newton had two hits each and Newton scored twice. Jesper Horsted had the team’s only extra-base hit of the game with a triple.
Roseville finished the season with a record of 11-13.

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

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 3, Stillwater 0
Game 10 - North St. Paul 3, Roseville 1
Game 11 - Mounds View 8, Tartan 1
Game 12 - East Ridge 12, Hill-Murray 9

Fourth round
Game 13 - Roseville 8, Mounds View 3
Game 14 - Stillwater 10, East Ridge 1

Fifth round
Game 15 - Woodbury 4, North St. Paul 3
Game 16 - Roseville 1, Stillwater 0

Loser’s bracket final
Game 17 - North St. Paul 10, Roseville 4

Championship round
Game 18 - Woodbury 9, North St. Paul 1

Section 4AAA baseball playoffs

First round
Game 1 - Roseville 5, South St. Paul 4
Game 2 - Stillwater 6, White Bear Lake 1
Game 3 - East Ridge 2, Tartan 0
Game 4 - Henry Sibley 1, Hill-Murray 0

Second round
Game 5 - Mahtomedi 9, Roseville 0
Game 6 - Woodbury 5, Stillwater 1
Game 7 - East Ridge 3, Cretin-Derham Hall 2
Game 8 - North St. Paul 10, Henry Sibley 0

Third round
Game 9 - Roseville 6, Stillwater 2
Game 10 - Cretin-Derham Hall 9, Henry Sibley 1

Fourth round
Game 11 - Mahtomedi 4, Woodbury 3, 8 innings
Game 12 - East Ridge 2, North St. Paul 1

Fifth round
Game 13 - North St. Paul 5, Roseville 4
Game 14 - Cretin-Derham Hall 2, Woodbury 1

Sixth round
Game 15 - Cretin-Derham Hall 15, North St. Paul 4
Game 16 - Mahtomedi 5, East Ridge 3

Loser’s bracket final, Monday, 2:30 p.m. at CHS Field
Game 17 - North St. Paul vs. East Ridge

Section final, June 2, 7 p.m. at CHS Field
Game 18 - Game 17 winner vs. Mahtomedi
Game 19 - If necessary, June 3, 2:30 p.m. at CHS Field


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