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Irondale softball team gains momentum
Despite not playing a game in more than a week, the Knights had a successful weekend. The Irondale girls softball team won an eight-team tournament to pick up some momentum heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
When Irondale stepped on the field in Lakeville on Friday, it was playing for the first time since April 23. Rust wasn’t a factor as the Knights beat Visitation, Wayzata and Duluth Denfeld to win the Black bracket of the Lakeville North tournament.
Irondale opened the tournament with a 14-1 win over Visitation in the first round of the tournament. Maggie Schley led the Knights in the circle and at the plate. She gave up one run on five hits to go with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work.
Offensively, Schley pounded out three of Irondale’s nine hits.
Schley continued to shine on Saturday as she threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Wayzata in the semifinals. She struck out three and walked one in five innings of work.
Schley’s teammates gave her plenty of early support as the Knights scored all 10 of their runs in the first three innings. Amy Irving drove in two runs with a double in the first inning and Sena Hanson added an RBI single. In the second, Schley and Irving each drove in runs with base hits.
Irondale wrapped up the tournament title with a 6-1 win over Duluth Denfeld. Schley capped off the day with two hits, including a home run and yet another pitching win. She struck out eight, walked four and gave up six hits.
The win over Denfeld was Irondale’s second of the season. The Knights also beat the Hunters in the season opener on April 10 by a score of 2-1.
On the docket this week for Irondale are three North Suburban Conference tilts and a Saturday tournament. The Knights began the week with a game at Columbia Heights on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.
Irondale hosts Benild-St. Margaret’s on Wednesday and Spring Lake Park on Friday. Both teams, along with Irondale and Totino-Grace, are vying for the conference title.
On Saturday, Irondale treks to New Hope for a tournament hosted by Robbinsdale Cooper.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.