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Huskies' road to state gets longer
The St. Anthony Village High School baseball team entered its Section 4AA playoff game against Minnehaha Academy on Monday at Fort Snelling with an impressive 7-3 record against the Redhawks in the post-season. Through five innings it looked as if the Huskies were going to improve on that mark but things went south in the sixth and now St. Anthony faces an uphill climb in its quest to return to the state tournament.
Three straight hits and an error led to two runs for Minnehaha in its 2-1 victory over St. Anthony. With the win the Redhawks advance to Thursday’s section final while the loss means the Huskies must win three in a row to get to state.
While that task is daunting, it’s not impossible. The 2010 Huskies did just that. After losing to Minnehaha in the winner’s bracket final, St. Anthony beat DeLaSalle in the loser’s bracket final and then swept Minnehaha in the section final.
The 2008 Huskies did even better than that by, after losing in the third round, ripping off five straight victories to win the section. St. Anthony also beat Minnehaha Academy twice in the section final that year.
This year, St. Anthony must get past a surprising Blake team in the loser’s bracket final on Tuesday in order to get another crack at Minnehaha in the section final, which is Thursday at 5 p.m. at Midway Stadium. Blake, the No. 10 seed, edged St. Paul Academy 4-3 on Monday in its fourth victory over a higher-seeded opponent.
After five innings on Monday, St. Anthony held a 1-0 lead and starting pitcher Zach Siggelkow was seriously dealing. He held Minnehaha hitless through four innings and got out of a mini-jam in the fifth with two huge strikeouts.
Offensively, St. Anthony wasn’t doing much against Minnehaha Academy’s all-state pitcher John Pryor but had managed to push a run across in the fourth inning. Mike Studer led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and moved to second on Chris Schieffer’s ground out. Ryan Rush then broke the scoreless tie with a double to right-center field to score Studer.
Rush ended up on third on a throwing error and with one out St. Anthony tried a squeeze play but Minnehaha foiled it by tagging out Studer.
In the end, failed opportunities cost the Huskies. St. Anthony had multiple base runners in the first, second and seventh innings but failed to get any runs in those frames.
Minnehaha got to Siggelkow in the sixth and did all the damage with two outs. Eamonn Manion got the rally started with a base hit and after a wild pitch he scored on Pryor’s base hit.
St. Anthony nearly got out of the inning with just one scored when Siggelkow had Pryor picked off first base but the throw was wide. Pryor went all the way to third and scored on Nick Grachek’s double.
Section 4AA baseball playoffs
Game 1 – St. Paul Humboldt 12, Washington Magnet 1, 5 innings
Game 2 – Minnehaha Academy 15, St. Paul Humboldt 1
Game 3 – St. Croix Lutheran 10, St. Paul Como Park 0
Game 4 – St. Paul Academy 10, Minneapolis Roosevelt 0
Game 5 – DeLaSalle 3, St. Paul Johnson 1
Game 6 – St. Anthony Village 8, St. Paul Harding 1
Game 7 – Minneapolis Washburn 3, Concordia Academy 2
Game 8 – Blake 4, St. Paul Central 1
Game 9 – St. Paul Highland Park 11, Minneapolis Edison 0
Game 10 – Minnehaha Academy 10, St. Croix Lutheran 1
Game 11 – St. Paul Academy 9, DeLaSalle 3
Game 12 – St. Anthony Village 4, Minneapolis Washburn 0
Game 13 – Blake 3, St. Paul Highland Park 0
Game 14 – Minnehaha Academy 2, St. Paul Academy 1
Game 15 – St. Anthony Village 2, Blake 1
Game 16 – St. Croix Lutheran 4, DeLaSalle 3
Game 17 – St. Paul Highland Park 2, Minneapolis Washburn 1
Game 18 – Blake 10, St. Croix Lutheran 8, 10 innings
Game 19 – St. Paul Academy 3, St. Paul Highland Park 1
Game 20 – Minnehaha Academy 2, St. Anthony Village 1
Game 21 – Blake 4, St. Paul Academy 3
Loser’s bracket final
June 4, 4:30 p.m.
Game 22 – Blake at St. Anthony Village
June 6, 5 p.m. at Midway Stadium
Game 23 – Minnehaha Academy vs. Game 22 winner
(Second game, if necessary, to follow immediately)