Area nines looking to get on a prep baseball playoff roll

 

Section 4AAAA baseball playoffs

Seed, record in parentheses. Double elimination.

 

First round

Game 1 — Roseville (8, 2-17) at Woodbury (1, 17-3)

Game 2 — North (5, 11-9) at Hill-Murray (4, 12-8)

Game 3 — Tartan (6, 10-10) at Stillwater (3, 13-7)

Game 4 — White Bear Lake (7, 5-14) at Cretin-Derham Hall (2, 16-4)

 

Second round

Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser

Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser

 

Third round, May 31 at CHS Field

Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

 

Fourth round, June 2 at CHS field

Game 9 — Game 8 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 10 — Game 7 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 7:30 p.m.

 

Fifth round, June 4 at CHS Field

Game 11 — Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 12 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m.

 

Loserís-bracket final, June 6, 2:30 p.m.
at CHS Field

Game 13 — Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser

 

Section final, June 7, 7 p.m. at CHS Field

Game 14 — Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner

Game 15, if necessary, June 8, 2:30 p.m. at CHS Field

 

 

 

All three Review-area high school baseball teams finished the regular season with records at or above .500. In a tough section like 4AAAA, that was good enough to get only one of those teams a first-round home playoff game.

Hill-Murray wound up with the No. 4 seed and got to play at home in the first round on May 26. The Pioneers (12-8) hosted fifth-seeded North (11-9) while sixth-seeded Tartan (10-10) visited third-seeded Stillwater.

All four first-round contests were not completed by press time for this edition of the Review.

The top three seeds in Section 4AAAA went to teams from the Suburban East Conference. Woodbury (17-3) drew the top spot while No. 2 went to Cretin-Derham Hall (16-4) and Stillwater (13-7) nabbed the third seed.Hill-Murray appeared headed to a higher seed when it rattled off a six-game winning streak starting in late April, but a four-game losing streak to end the regular season hurt those chances.

The Pioneers finished third in the Metro East Conference standings with a 10-6 mark. Mahtomedi claimed the MEC title at 12-4 and South St. Paul was the runner-up at 11-5. North and Tartan tied for fifth at 8-8.

Both the Polars and Titans put together four-game win streaks during the regular season but they also both suffered through four-game losing skids. North put together its stretch of four wins in the first four games of May and then went 3-3 in the second half of the month.

Tartan lost its first three games of the season and fought like crazy to get back above .500. The Titans got as close as 4-4 and 6-6 before a four-game losing streak put simply an even record in jeopardy. They caught fire again just in time to win their final four games and finish the regular season 10-10.

The four first-round winners advanced to the second on May 31 at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. The four first-round losers played in elimination games on May 28 at Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The Section 4AAAA playoffs continue with games on June 2 and 4 at CHS Field. The losers bracket final is June 6 at CHS and the section final is June 7 at 7 p.m. at CHS.

 

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

Metro East Conference baseball standings (Final)

  

Mahtomedi

South St. Paul

Hill-Murray

St. Thomas Academy

North St. Paul

Tartan

Hastings

Simley

Henry Sibley

Conf.

12-4

11-5

10-6

9-7

8-8

8-8

8-8

4-12

2-14

Overall

15-5

15-5

12-8

11-9

11-9

10-10

9-11

6-14

6-14

Games behind

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1

2

3

4

4

4

8

10

 

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