Polars’ softball section run hits a skid bump

North High junior Abby Arko (12) steals second base safely as the ball gets loose during Section 4AAA playoffs. The Polars lost 4-3 to Woodbury in 11 innings at McKnight Fields May 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High junior Abby Arko (12) steals second base safely as the ball gets loose during Section 4AAA playoffs. The Polars lost 4-3 to Woodbury in 11 innings at McKnight Fields May 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Woodbury tops North in extra innings, 4-3

It was a showdown of unbeatens May 27 at McKnight Fields when the No. 1-seed Woodbury Royals took on the No. 2-seed North High Polars.

In a nail-biter that went to the last of the 11th inning before a decision was rendered, the seedings proved right as the Royals outlasted the Polars by 4-3.

The Royals put the first two runs on the board in first inning on doubles into the left center field gap off the bats of Amanda Dickmeyer and Ashley Mickschl.

A second out later Alexis Jacobs slammed a single up the middle and Mickschl scored to push the count to 2-0.

In the top of the third North put a run up when Abby Arko led off and worked a walk. A strikeout later Lily Langevin singled up the middle and moved Arko to third. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Kallie Stepaniak plated Arko, and it was 2-1.

In the top of the sixth the Polars put a pair of runs across when Montana Thole was safe on an infield error. Three consecutive singles by Ryan Crotty, Kayla Koemptgen and Arko put two runs on the board and the Polars took a 3-2 lead into the last of the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh Jacobs led off with a single into left center. Melissa Johnson put a sacrifice bunt on the ground to move Jacobs to second. Eleanor Blanchfield followed with a RBI single that knotted the count 3-3.

In the last of the 11th the Royals' bats came through. Blanchfield looped a leadoff single into right field, and Shannon Motzko's sacrifice bunt moved her to second. An infield out pushed Blanchfield to third. Dickmeyer hit a slow-roller to the left side, and Blanchfield flew home with the 4-3 game-winner.

The loss moved the Polars into the "Loser's Bracket" and into a second game against Roseville, a 1-0 winner over Stillwater.
        
Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.

 

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