Irondale fastpitch in post-season action Monday

Fresh off winning its first-ever North Suburban Conference championship, the Irondale High School fastpitch softball team turns its attention to the section playoffs on Monday, May 21. The Knights are seeded fifth in Section 5AAA and take on 12th-seeded Osseo at the Rice Creek softball complex in Shoreview.

Irondale wrapped up the league title May 16 with a 10-5 victory over North Branch. The Knights finished the season with a one-game lead over a pair of teams in the conference.

The Knights are looking to stick around in the post-season a bit longer than they have in recent years. In the previous three seasons, Irondale has won only one playoff game. In 2011, the Knights opened the section tournament with a win over Champlin Park before losing to Coon Rapids.

Irondale's most recent multi-win playoff appearance was in 2008 when it went 2-2. That year, Irondale beat Totino-Grace and Blaine and lost to Centennial and Rogers.

A win on Monday sends Irondale to a second-round match-up against district rival Mounds View on Tuesday at 4 p.m. If that game comes to fruition, it will be the first meeting between the two squads since a regular-season game in 2006.

The last time Irondale and Mounds View met in the post-season was in the Section 4AAA playoffs in 2005. The Mustangs won the fourth-round elimination game 5-0.

Section 5AAA fastpitch softball playoffs All games at Rice Creek complex, Shoreview Seeds in parentheses First round, May 21, 4 p.m. Game 1 - Totino-Grace (9) vs. Spring Lake Park (8) Game 2 - Osseo (12) vs. Irondale (5) Game 3 - St. Michael-Albertville (11) vs. Coon Rapids (6) Game 4 - Rogers (10) vs. Champlin Park (7)

Second round, May 22, 4 p.m. Game 5 - Game 1 winner vs. Maple Grove (1) Game 6 - Game 2 winner vs. Mounds View (4) Game 7 - Game 3 winner vs. Centennial (3) Game 8 - Game 4 winner vs. Park Center (2)

Third round, May 24, 4 p.m. Game 9 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner Game 10 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Fourth round, May 29 Game 11 - Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner Game 12 - Game 9 loser vs. Game 10 loser

Fifth round, May 29, 5:30 p.m. Game 13 - Game 11 loser vs. Game 12 winner

Championship final, May 31, 4 p.m. Game 14 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 13 winner Second game, if necessary, 20 minutes after first game