Review area fastpitch teams chasing Hastings


Hill-Murray senior Iianna Onsomu slides in as Tartan senior Kristina Lodahl (18) gets the force out at second before relaying to first base. The Titans were up 7-1 before the soggy game was stopped in the third inning April 27.

All three Review area high school fastpitch softball teams found themselves in the upper half of the conference standings late last week. They were still looking up at one other team, however.

Hastings, the defending co-champion in the Metro East Conference, held a one-game lead over second-place North, the other defending co-champion, as of April 28. The Raiders beat the Polars 9-7 in their first meeting of the season back on April 14.

North and Hastings met for the second time on May 2, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. A win for the Raiders would almost assuredly wrap up the league title while a North victory would leave the two teams tied for the top spot and likely headed to another shared championship.

The loss to Hastings was North’s only defeat in conference play through the first half of the schedule. Offense has been the Polars’ strength as they averaged nearly 12 1/2 runs per game in their first seven Metro East contests. 

Heading into this week, North had seven conference games remaining. The Polars visit Mahtomedi on May 3, Hill-Murray on May 4 and Tartan on May 6. They host Mahtomedi on May 9, travel to Simley on May 10 and need to squeeze in a rainout make-up game against Henry Sibley.

 

Tartan

The Titans had just two conference losses heading into their second meeting with Hastings on April 29. Results of that game were not available for this edition of the Review.

Through the first half of the Metro East schedule, Tartan beat Simley twice and had single wins over Mahtomedi, Hill-Murray and South St. Paul. The Titans appeared headed toward a second win over Hill-Murray on April 27 before the umpires called the game because of rain in the third inning with Tartan leading 7-1. 

Tartan’s losses through April 28 came at the hands of conference-leading Hastings and second-place North. The Titans get another shot at the Polars on May 6. Also on the schedule that week is a road game at South St. Paul on May 3.

Tartan is scheduled to close out the regular season on May 9 with a trip to Henry Sibley but it also has two rainouts to reschedule.

 

Hill-Murray

The Pioneers’ Metro East Conference losses through April 28 were against Hastings, North and Tartan, the three teams ahead of them in the standings. Hill-Murray owns victories over South St. Paul, Mahtomedi, Simley and Henry Sibley.

Tartan has four games on the schedule this week, including a doubleheader on May 4. The Titans’ schedule shows a road game at South St. Paul at 3 p.m. that day and a home game against North at 4:15 p.m. Both are make-up games of previous rainouts.

On May 5, Tartan heads to Henry Sibley. 

 

 

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

 

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