Adapted softball

The Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville adapted softball teams closed out their seasons with appearances in the state tournament on the last weekend of May. One made a surprising run to the finals while the other ran into some tough competition.

CI division

The Rams’ CI division team entered the state tournament as the North No. 3 seed and ended up on the right side of the bracket. The two lower-seeded teams on that half pulled off first-round upsets.

The Rams opened the tournament with an 8-5, eight-inning victory over South Washington County, the No. 2 seed from the South. The game was tied at 4-4 after seven innings and the Rams then busted out for four runs in the top of the eighth. Daniel Laird-Thigpen, Sergio Ayala and Michelle Pesklo all drove in runs in the eighth.

The other team that pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals was Dakota United, the No. 4 South seed, which knocked off North No. 1 seed Anoka-Hennepin 9-7. Dakota United and the Rams then met in the semifinals.

The semifinal game was close until the sixth when the Rams exploded for five runs to win 11-2. Gordon Erickson triggered the outburst with a two-run single. Pesklo finished the game with two hits and two RBI.

With the victory, the Rams advanced to the state title game a year after not even making the state tournament. Unfortunately, the top-seeded South team wasnít about to let its title shot slip away.

Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee entered the state tournament undefeated and also left it that way thanks to a 13-3, five-inning victory over the Rams. Erickson and Garrett Johnson drove in single runs in the second inning for the Rams but the Southern Stars (14-0) kept putting up runs of their own.

Ayala, Pesklo and Josh Hayes were named to the all-tournament team.

The Rams finished the season 10-6 and went home with some hardware.

PI division

The Rams’ PI division team faced some long odds entering the state tournament. As the North No. 4 seed, they faced the top-seeded team from the South, Rochester, in the first round.

Rochester handed the Rams a 10-0 defeat and relegated them to the consolation bracket. The Raiders then advanced all the way to the championship game before losing 11-8 to Anoka-Hennepin, the No. 1 seed from the North.

In the first round of consolation play, the Rams faced the South No. 3 seed South Suburban. The Flyers edged the Rams 6-5 thanks to a run-scoring single in the seventh inning. South Suburban then lost the consolation final 12-8 to Wayzata/Minnetonka.

The Rams finished their season with a record of 3-9.

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


State adapted softball tournament

CI division — Quarterfinals
Game 1 — Dakota United 9, Anoka-Hennepin 7
Game 2 — Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 8, South Washington County 5, 8 innings
Game 3 — Osseo 19, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 10
Game 4 — Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 7, North Suburban 6

Semifinals
Game 5 — Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 11, Dakota United 2
Game 6 — Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 15, Osseo 14

Consolation semifinals
Game 7 — South Washington County 19, Anoka-Hennepin 15
Game 8 — Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 12, North Suburban 11

Consolation final
Game 9 — Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 12, South Washington County 7

Third-place game
Game 10 — Dakota United 12, Osseo 11

Championship game
Game 11 — Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 13, Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 3, 5 innings
 

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