Beacons draw No. 2 seed in fastpitch section playoffs


Taylor Brunn

The switch to four classes for Minnesota high school fastpitch softball benefitted Concordia Academy, at least in terms of seeding for the section tournament. 

Concordia Academy landed the No. 2 seed in the Section 4AA playoffs, which began last week. The Beacons’ overall regular-season record (8-10) was only one game better than their mark last year but they moved up five spots in the section seedings. A year ago they were seeded seventh.

The top three seeds in Section 4AA received a bye in the first round and automatically moved into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The first two rounds were held on May 21, after the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The six teams that survived the May 21 games resume the playoffs on May 24 with 4:30 p.m. games. The tournament continues on May 26 and wraps up with the finals on May 31 at University of Northwestern in Roseville. If a second championship game is needed, it is scheduled for June 1 at Northwestern.

Concordia had an up-and-down season that saw it not win consecutive games, but also avoid long losing streaks. The Beacons opened the season by losing its first three games but didn’t lose more than two straight the rest of the way.

Among the highlights was a third-place finish in its own tournament on May 6-7. The Beacons beat Minneapolis Roosevelt in the first round, lost to St. Paul Como Park in the semifinals and beat St. Croix Lutheran in the third-place game.

Concordia ended up beating St. Croix Lutheran, the third seed in Section 4AA, twice during the regular season by a combined score of 25-7.

The Beacons also own a victory over St. Agnes, the top seed in 4AA.

Another highlight this season has been the play of pitcher Taylor Brunn. She entered the post-season with 86 strikeouts but her more impressive numbers have come at the plate.

During a tournament on May 14, Brunn recorded the 100th hit of her high school career. She is a freshman and has been playing varsity for the Beacons since seventh grade. 

Brunn wrapped up the regular season with a .652 batting average and 43 hits, including 13 doubles and a home run. She drove in 15 runs and was perfect on 21 stolen-base attempts.

In the final four games of the regular season, Brunn went 12-for-16 (.750) and a third of those hits were doubles.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Rate this article: 
No votes yet
Comment Here