Section baseball playoffs ramping up

The high school baseball playoffs got going late last week. Here's a look at where each of the Bulletin-area teams stand.

Mounds View

The two-time defending state champion Mustangs began their quest for a third consecutive title on Friday afternoon. Mounds View is the top seed in Section 5AAA and the top-ranked team in the state in Class AAA.

Mounds View's 18-2 record is the tops in Class AAA.

During the regular season, the Mustangs faced four teams from Section 5AAA and went 3-1. They beat fourth-seeded Centennial, eighth-seeded Osseo and 12th-seeded Park Center and lost to 11th-seeded Irondale.

The rest of Mounds View's regular-season games were against Suburban East Conference opponents. The Mustangs went 15-1 to claim their second conference title in three years. They tied Forest Lake for the title in 2013 and finished second to East Ridge last year.

Maple Grove (14-6) is the No. 2 seed and ranked fourth in the state while third-seeded Totino-Grace (13-6) is ranked 11th. The fourth seed is Centennial (12-7) and, like Maple Grove and Totino-Grace, enters the playoffs having lost its final regular season game.

Eighth-seeded Osseo (11-9) enters the post-season as the hottest team in the section after winning its final seven regular-season games. Only one was against a section opponent, however.

The Orioles beat 10th-seeded Spring Lake Park 6-2 on May 11.

The second and third-round games in Section 5AAA were completed past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

Irondale

The Knights managed just four wins during the regular season and knew that picking one up in the post-season would be a challenge. Irondale went after that victory in the first round of the Section 5AAA playoffs last week, but came up short.

The 11th-seeded Knights faced sixth-seeded Coon Rapids on May 21 and gave the Cardinals a battle before succumbing 3-1. Coon Rapids pounded out nine hits while holding Irondale to one run on six hits.

Irondale finishes the season with a record of 4-17. One of those victories came against district rival and defending state champion Mounds View. The Knights also got a win over Fridley at a game played at Siebert Field, home of the University of Minnesota baseball team.

St. Anthony Village

The Huskies (10-10) ended up the sixth seed in Section 4AA and hosted 11th-seeded St. Paul Harding (11-9) in the first round on Friday, past the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

A win over Harding would send St. Anthony to the double-elimination portion of the section tournament, which begins Tuesday. The Huskies' opponent would be either third-seeded Blake or 14th-seeded Minneapolis Edison.

Blake beat St. Anthony 7-3 in the second game of the season.

St. Anthony closed out the regular season with an 11-1 victory over St. Paul Academy in May 19. Prior to that, the Huskies lost three in a row at a tournament in Delano.

The Huskies went 6-5 against Section 4AA opponents during the regular season. Fifth-seeded St. Croix Lutheran was the highest-seeded team St. Anthony beat during the regular season.

The section tournament continues with third-round games on Thursday and loser's bracket games on Saturday. After Saturday's games, only four teams will remain. The final three rounds of the tournament are June 1, 2 and 4 at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids.

Brian Meyers can be reached at†bmeyers@lillienews.com†or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.
 

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