Conference-champion Huskies headed to the post-season

The St. Anthony Village High School baseball team this week begins its quest for its second championship this season. The Huskies claimed the Tri-Metro Conference title last week and are now going after a section crown. 

St. Anthony is the No. 2 seed in Section 4AAA and opens the post-season on May 31 at home against seventh-seeded DeLaSalle. The Huskies beat the Islanders twice during the regular season, including on May 25 to claim the outright conference championship.

Getting through Section 4AAA will not be easy with Mahtomedi looming as the No. 1 seed. The Zephyrs, who qualified for the state tournament a year ago, won the Metro East Conference championship this spring and are the top-ranked team in the state in Class AAA. They open the section tournament against eighth-seeded Blake.

The other two first-round match-ups pit fourth-seeded St. Paul Central against fifth-seeded St. Paul Harding and sixth-seeded St. Paul Como Park visits third-seeded Fridley.

The section tournament continues with games on June 2, 4 and 6 at North St. Paul. The section final is June 9 at CHS Field and if two games are necessary both will take place that night.

In St. Anthony’s 2-0, conference-clinching win over DeLaSalle, Nick Peterson blanked the Islanders while allowing five hits, walking four and striking out five. It was Peterson’s seventh victory of the season.

Offensively, the Huskies scored both runs in the second inning. Joe Wappes singled home Sullivan Jahnke for the first run and Joe Wehr’s base hit plated Wappes.

St. Anthony closed out the regular season on May 26 with a 9-2 win over St. Paul Harding.

 

Section 5AAAA

Of the eight teams in Section 5AAAA, of which Irondale and Mounds View are members, seven are from the Northwest Suburban Conference. Mounds View is the one outlier as a member of the Suburban East Conference.

The Mustangs, who have qualified for the past three state tournaments, finished the regular season 11-9 and are looking at a No. 3 or 4 seed. They closed out the regular season with victories over White Bear Lake on May 18 and Roseville on May 21.

Irondale (3-16) struggled to pick up victories and enter the post-season riding an 11-game losing streak. The Knights are looking at a No. 7 seed thanks to their 8-6 win over Spring Lake Park on April 26. That win should give Irondale the higher seed over the Panthers (1-19). 

Seedings for Section 5AAAA were not available by press time for this edition of the Bulletin. The first four rounds of the Section 5AAA tournament take place this week, starting May 31.

The tournament shifts to Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids for games on June 1 and 3 before wrapping up with games on June 6 and 8 at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.

 

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

 

Section 4AAA baseball playoffs

Seed, record in parentheses. Double elimination.

 

First round, May 31, 4:15 p.m.

Game 1 — Blake (8, 8-11) at Mahtomedi (1, 15-5)

Game 2 — St. Paul Harding (5, 9-8) at St. Paul Central (4, 9-8)

Game 3 — St. Paul Como Park (6, 6-6) at Fridley (3, 14-5)

Game 4 — DeLaSalle (7, 7-11) at St. Anthony Village (2, 15-5)

 

Second round, June 2, 4:15 p.m., at higher seed

Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner

Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Game 7 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser

Game 8 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser

 

Third round, June 4 at North St. Paul

Game 9 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 10 a.m.

Game 10 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 5 loser, 12:30 p.m.

Game 11 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 3 p.m.

 

Fourth round, June 6, 4:15 p.m. at North St. Paul

Game 12 — Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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