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The St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team lost a section playoff game for the first time in two years on Tuesday when it fell 4-2 to Visitation in the Section 4AA final. The good news for the Huskies is that they have another chance to wrap up the section crown and a trip to the state tournament.

St. Anthony and Visitation play again Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Hamline University for all the marbles.

The tournament is contested in a double-elimination format and since St. Anthony had yet to lose in the post-season entering Tuesday’s game, Visitation needed to beat the Huskies twice to advance to state.

In Tuesday’s game, Visitation never trailed, taking a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the third.

St. Anthony answered in the bottom of the fourth when Rosie Robberstad singled with one out, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Felicia Hamann and scored on Reba Snyder’s single to center field.

Visitation went back in front in the fifth with a run that scored on a wild pitch. The Blazers then broke the game open with two runs in the top of the seventh.

St. Anthony made a comeback bid in the bottom of the seventh as Hamann led off with a double and scored on Snyder’s double but Visitation pitcher Kiersten Anderson-Glass prevented further damage by striking out the final three batters of the game.

Anderson-Glass picked up the victory by going all seven innings. She gave up the two runs on seven hits and no walks. She also struck out 11.

Sarah DeMars suffered the loss for St. Anthony. She also went the distance, giving up four runs on 10 hits and two walks. She struck out five.

Section 4AA softball playoffs

First round

Game 1 - St. Anthony 16, Minneapolis Edison 0, 5 innings

Game 2 – DeLaSalle 5, St. Paul Humboldt 4

Game 3 – Concordia Academy 8, St. Paul Harding 0

Game 4 – St. Paul Highland Park 7, Blake 5

Game 5 – St. Croix Lutheran 21, Minneapolis Roosevelt 0

Game 6 – Minnehaha Academy 6, St. Paul Academy 1

Game 7 – Holy Angels 10, St. Paul Central 1

Game 8 – Visitation 20, Washington Magnet School 0


Second round

Game 9 – St. Anthony Village 14, DeLaSalle 1

Game 10 – Concordia Academy 5, St. Paul Highland Park 0

Game 11 – Minnehaha Academy 4, St. Croix Lutheran 3

Game 12 – Visitation 9, Holy Angels 2


Third round

Game 13 – St. Anthony Village 5, Concordia Academy 3

Game 14 – DeLaSalle 3, St. Paul Highland Park 1

Game 15 – Visitation 11, Minnehaha Academy 0

Game 16 – Holy Angels 2, St. Croix Lutheran 0


Fourth round

Game 17 – St. Anthony Village 2, Visitation 1, 8 innings

Game 18 – Minnehaha Academy 3, DeLaSalle 0

Game 19 – Concordia Academy 1, Holy Angels 0


Fifth round

Game 20 – Minnehaha Academy 9, Concordia Academy 6


Loser’s bracket final

Game 21 – Visitation 11, Minnehaha Academy 2


Championship round

Game 22 – Visitation 4, St. Anthony Village 2

Game 23 – Visitation vs. St. Anthony Village, Thursday, 4:30, at Hamline University


Irondale ousted

The Knights saw their season come to an end on Tuesday in the Section 5AAA playoffs. Irondale dropped games to Maple Grove and Coon Rapids and were eliminated from the tournament.

Maple Grove entered the Section 5AAA tournament as the No. 1 seed and the third-ranked team in the state. The Crimson showed why in their 10-0, five-inning victory over Irondale, the No. 2 seed.

After dodging an early threat by the Knights, Maple Grove got its offense cranked up in a hurry. The Crimson scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Irondale mounted another attack in the third inning only to be thwarted again. Maple Grove then blew the game open with a four-run bottom of the third that included a pair of home runs.

Maple Grove continued to pile up the runs with two more in the fourth and one in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.

The loss, Irondale’s first of the post-season, sent the Knights to the loser’s bracket final against fourth-seeded Coon Rapids. The Cardinals, who also suffered their first loss of the tournament to Maple Grove last week, beat Rogers and Champlin Park to reach the loser’s bracket final.

Coon Rapids ended Irondale’s season by beating the Knights 3-2. The Cardinals must beat Maple Grove twice on Thursday to win the section and advance to the state tournament.

Irondale finishes third in the section and ends its season with a record of 13-5.

Section 5AAA softball playoffs

First round

Game 1 - Champlin Park 11, Osseo 4

Game 2 – Totino-Grace 9, Mounds View 8

Game 3 – Rogers 2, Park Center 1

Game 4 – Centennial 9, St. Michael-Albertville 0


Second round

Game 5 – Maple Grove 8, Champlin Park 4

Game 6 – Coon Rapids 11, Totino-Grace 1

Game 7 – Rogers 6, Spring Lake Park 1

Game 8 – Irondale 8, Centennial 5


Third round

Game 9 – Maple Grove 6, Coon Rapids 1

Game 10 – Irondale 7, Rogers 4, 14 innings

Game 11 – Champlin Park 13, Totino-Grace 5

Game 12 – Centennial 5, Spring Lake Park 0


Fourth round

Game 13 – Champlin Park 12, Rogers 4

Game 14 – Coon Rapids 7, Centennial 2


Fifth round

Game 15 – Maple Grove 10, Irondale 0, 5 innings

Game 16 – Coon Rapids 7, Champlin Park 1


Sixth round

Game 17 – Coon Rapids 3, Irondale 2


Championship round, May 30, 3:30 p.m.

Game 18 – Maple Grove vs. Coon Rapids (Second game, if necessary, to follow immediately)

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