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Irondale to tangle with Mounds View Tuesday
Irondale needed a rally to overcome Osseo in the first round of the Section 5AAA fastpitch softball playoffs on Monday. The Knights, seeded fifth, came from behind the knock off the 12th-seeded Orioles 6-4.
Hallie Schley delivered a bases-loaded, two-run single to erase the deficit and give her team the lead.
The victory sets up a district showdown in the second round on Tuesday, May 22 as Irondale faces fourth-seeded Mounds View at 4 p.m. at the Rice Creek softball complex in Shoreview. It will be the first meeting between the two squads since a regular-season game in 2006.
As one of the top four seeds in the section, Mounds View received a first-round bye and had the day off on Monday.
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 First round Game 1 - Spring Lake Park 3, Totino-Grace 2, 13 innings Game 2 - Irondale 6, Osseo 4 Game 3 - Coon Rapids 10, St. Michael-Albertville 0, 5 innings Game 4 - Champlin Park 4, Rogers 3, 10 innings
Second round, May 22, 4 p.m. Game 5 - Spring Lake Park vs. Maple Grove Game 6 - Irondale vs. Mounds View Game 7 - Coon Rapids vs. Centennial Game 8 - Champlin Park vs. Park Center
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, 4 p.m. 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