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Raiders go 2-2 in post-season
For the Roseville Area High School fastpitch softball team, .500 seemed to be its destiny this season. The Raiders finished the regular season with an even record and did the same in the post-season.
Roseville went 2-2 last week in the Section 4AAA playoffs. That gives the Raiders a final record of 11-11 for the 2014 season.
The Raiders opened the playoffs on May 20 with an 11-1 drubbing of Mahtomedi and then dropped a 6-2 decision to East Ridge the next day. Roseville played twice on May 22, picking up a 7-0 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall and then losing 3-1 to Hill-Murray.
Roseville, the fifth seed, wasted little time getting going in its game against 12th-seeded Mahtomedi. The Raiders scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to an 11-1, six-inning victory.
Emma Hylen gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out five against Mahtomedi. Hylen also contributed at the plate by going 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. Toni Bishop drove in two runs and Aryka Knoche went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Roseville finished the game with 12 hits and also benefitted from five walks.
Fourth-seeded East Ridge led Roseville 2-0 before the Raiders put up two runs in the sixth inning to tie it. The Raptors regained the lead for good in the sixth with four runs.
The loss sent Roseville to the loser’s bracket, where it was successful in its first elimination game against eighth-seeded Cretin. Like it did against Mahtomedi, Roseville got things going quickly against Cretin with two runs in the bottom of the first. Ebony Campbell’s two-out single drove in Knoche and Maria Ascher, who led off the inning with back-to-back base hits.
Knoche drove in a run in the second inning with a single that plated Trish Sherman, who led off the inning with a double. Roseville tacked on another run in the fourth when Knoche scored on an error after Ascher reached on an infield single.
Cretin mounted its most serious threat in the fifth as it loaded the bases with one out against Hylen. Cretin’s Courtney Sunberg battled Hylen, fouling off a number of pitches before Hylen got the strikeout on a change-up. Hylen then induced a ground ball to get out of the inning.
After surviving the scare, Roseville gave Hylen some more breathing room with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hylen led off with a single, Campbell followed with a bunt single and Toni Bishop moved everybody up a base with a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, Sherman delivered a two-out base hit to drive in two runs.
Roseville then scored two more in the sixth to close out the scoring.
The victory sent the Raiders to the fourth round against second-seeded Hill-Murray, which lost to sixth-seeded Stillwater earlier in the day. The Pioneers ended Roseville’s season with a 3-1 victory.
Heading into the final two days of the tournament, there are four teams still alive. Top-seeded North St. Paul and Stillwater have yet to lose while third-seeded Woodbury and Hill-Murray have one loss each.
The Beacons saw their season come to an end last week in Minneapolis.
Fourth-seeded DeLaSalle erased a six-run deficit and beat sixth-seeded Concordia Academy 9-7 in the fourth round of the Section 4AA playoffs on May 20.
Concordia led 7-1 thanks to a six-run fourth inning but couldnít squelch the Islanders’ comeback bid. DeLaSalle scored five in the fifth to pull within one and added three more in the sixth to complete the rally.
The loss was Concordia’s second of the post-season and knocked them out of the tournament. The Beacons opened the section playoffs with a 12-11, eight-inning victory over 11th-seeded St. Paul Central and then fell 3-1 to third-seeded St. Paul Como Park.
Concordia won its first elimination game 8-3 over seventh-seeded St. Paul Highland Park to set up the contest with DeLaSalle.
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