St. Anthony opens post-season on Thursday

The St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team begins the post-season this week. The Huskies, who won the Tri-Metro Conference championship outright, are the top seed in Section 4AA and play their first playoff game on Thursday.

St. Anthony (15-3) is hosting 16th-seeded Minneapolis Edison at 4 p.m. at Central Park. Edison enters the game with just one victory this spring. The Huskies head to the post-season ranked seventh in the state in Class AA by the Minnesota High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.

The second round is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. St. Anthony would host either eighth-seeded St. Paul Humboldt or ninth-seeded DeLaSalle.

The top six seeds in Section 4AA are Tri-Metro Conference teams. Following St. Anthony is Visitation at No. 2. St. Paul Academy is third with St. Croix Lutheran, Concordia Academy and Minnehaha Academy at four, five and six, respectively.

The highest-seeded non-Tri-Metro team is No. 7 Holy Angels, which is a member of the Missota Conference. Holy Angels is the only Missota softball team that doesn't play in Class AAA.

The Section 4AA playoffs resume next week on May 22 and will be down to two teams following games on May 24.

The section final is set for May 29 at Hamline University at 5 p.m. A second championship game, if necessary, will be played May 31 at Hamline.

In addition to the playoffs, St. Anthony is squeezing in a regular-season game on May 21 at home. Sauk Rapids-Rice is coming to Central Park for a 7 p.m. game, a makeup of the third-place game of the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament which was rained out back May 5.

In that tournament, St. Anthony opened the day with a 9-1 win over St. Cloud Tech and then lost 5-0 to Champlin Park in the semifinals. Sauk Rapids beat Virginia in the first round and then lost to Rogers in the semifinals.

Section 4AA fastpitch softball playoffs First round, May 17, 4 p.m. unless noted Game 1 - Minneapolis Edison (16) at St. Anthony Village (1) Game 2 - DeLaSalle (9) at St. Paul Humboldt (8) Game 3 - Breck (13) at St. Croix Lutheran (4) Game 4 - St. Paul Central (12) at Concordia Academy (5) Game 5 - St. Paul Harding (14) at St. Paul Academy (3) Game 6 - St. Paul Highland Park (11) at Minnehaha Academy (6) Game 7 - Blake (10) at Holy Angels (7) Game 8 - Minneapolis Roosevelt (15) at Visitation (2)

Second round, May 19, 1 p.m. at higher seed Game 9 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner Game 10 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner Game 11 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner Game 12 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Third round, May 22, 4 p.m. at higher seed Game 13 - Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner Game 14 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner

Fourth round, May 24, 1 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Game 15 - Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner Game 16 - Game 13 loser vs. Game 14 loser

Fifth round, May 24, 3 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Game 17 - Game 15 loser vs. Game 16 winner

Championship round, May 29, 5 p.m. at Hamline University Game 18 - Game 15 winner vs. Game 17 winner (A second championship game, if necessary, is May 31 at 5 p.m. at Hamline)