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St. Anthony fastpitch returns to playoff action Tuesday
The St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team returns to playoff action on Tuesday, May 22. The top-seeded Huskies host fourth-seeded St. Croix Lutheran at 4 p.m. in a Section 4AA third-round match-up.
St. Anthony reached the third round via victories last week over Minneapolis Edison (30-4 in five innings) and DeLaSalle (10-4). St. Croix beat Breck (8-1) and Concordia Academy (1-0 in 9 inninngs) to reach the third round.
Tuesday's game will be the second of the season between the Tri-Metro Conference foes. St. Anthony won the first meeting 8-0 back on May 3.
The other third-round contest on Tuesday pits third-seeded St. Paul Academy against second-seeded Visitation.
With the section playoffs down to four teams, the tournament switches to a double-elimination format. All four teams will advance to the fourth round on Thursday, May 24 at 1 p.m. at Brooklyn Center.
There are three games scheduled for Thursday and at the end of those contests, only two teams will remain. They will meet for the section championship on May 29 at 5 p.m. at Hamline University.St. Anthony took a break from the pressure of playoff softball to play a make-up regular-season game on Monday. The Huskies hosted and beat Sauk Rapids-Rice 9-0 in a game that was originally supposed to have been played May 5 in Sauk Rapids as part of a tournament. With the victory, St. Anthony claimed third place in the tournament.
Section 4AA fastpitch softball playoffs First round St. Anthony Village 30, Minneapolis Edison 4, 5 innings DeLaSalle 8, St. Paul Humboldt 4 St. Croix Lutheran 8, Breck 1 Concordia Academy 8, St. Paul Central 1 St. Paul Academy 11, St. Paul Harding 1, 5 innings Minnehaha Academy 13, St. Paul Highland Park 10 Holy Angels 3, Blake 2 Visitation 21, Minneapolis 1, 5 innings
Second round St. Anthony Village 10, DeLaSalle 4 St. Croix Lutheran 1, Concordia Academy 0, 9 innings St. Paul Academy 6, Minnehaha Academy 1 Visitation 5, Holy Angels 0
Third round, Tuesday, 4 p.m. Game 1 - St. Croix Lutheran at St. Anthony Village Game 2 - St. Paul Academy at Visitation
Fourth round, Thursday, 1 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Game 3 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner Game 4 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Fifth round, Thursday, 3 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Game 5 - Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner
Championship round, May 29, 5 p.m. at Hamline University Game 6 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner (A second championship game, if necessary, is May 31 at 5 p.m. at Hamline)