Beacons fastpitch one win from state


Concordia pitcher Taylor Brunn slides into third base during a game earlier this season. Brunn’s pitching and hitting helped the Beacons draw the No. 2 seed in the Section 4AA playoffs.

It has been 12 years since Concordia Academy saw its fastpitch softball team play in the state tournament. The Beacons enter this week with a great chance to end that drought.

Concordia Academy won its first three post-season games and has advanced to the section championship round for the first time since 2004, the year of that one and only state-tournament appearance. The Section 4AA final is May 31 at 5 p.m. at University of Northwestern in Roseville.

As the only team in the section yet to lose a playoff game, Concordia Academy has two chances to win the section. If it loses on May 31, a second section-final game takes place on June 1 at 5 p.m. at Northwestern.

Seeded second, Concordia received a bye in the first round and then won twice on May 21 at Central Park in Ramsey. The Beacons started it off with a 13-1 victory over seventh-seeded Brooklyn Park, a first-round winner over 10th-seeded St. Croix Prep.

Game two on May 21 was against third-seeded St. Croix Lutheran, a team Concordia beat twice during the regular season. The Beacons made it three wins over the Crusaders by pulling off a 2-0 shutout.

The St. Croix Lutheran victory set up a showdown with top-seeded St. Agnes in a battle of the two unbeaten teams in the section tournament. The Beacons topped St. Agnes 12-4 in the regular season and took down the Aggies 10-6 in the post-season on May 24.

Following the games on May 24, four teams remained, three in the losers bracket. The semifinals and finals were scheduled to be played May 26, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. Fourth-seeded New Life Academy and fifth-seeded Minnehaha Academy played in the semifinals and St. Agnes faced the winner in the finals.

The losers bracket survivor is Concordia’s opponent in the section final. Of the three remaining teams, St. Agnes is the only one the Beacons (11-10) have faced this season.

The Section 4AA champion opens the state tournament, held annually at Caswell Park in North Mankato, on June 9 at 11 a.m. against the Section 5AA champion. As of May 25, six teams were still alive in the Section 5AA tournament.

 

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

 

Section 4AA fastpitch softball playoffs

 

First round

Game 1 — St. Paul Johnson 15, Minneapolis Edison 5

Game 2 — New Life Academy 19, Trinity 1

Game 3 — Minnehaha Academy 12, St. Paul Washington 0, 5 innings

Game 4 — Minneapolis Roosevelt 14, Minneapolis Patrick Henry 2, 5 innings

Game 5 — Brooklyn Center 6, St. Croix Prep 4

 

Second round

Game 6 — St. Agnes 17, St. Paul Johnson 0

Game 7 — Minnehaha Academy 25, New Life Academy 5

Game 8 — St. Croix Lutheran 11, Minneapolis Roosevelt 1

Game 9 — Concordia Academy 13, Brooklyn Center 1

 

Third round

Game 10 — St. Agnes 9, Minnehaha Academy 3

Game 11 — Concordia Academy 2, St. Croix Lutheran 0

Game 12 — New Life Academy 19, St. Paul Johnson 18

Game 13 — Minneapolis Roosevelt 17, Brooklyn Center 5

 

Fourth round

Game 14 — Concordia Academy 10, St. Agnes 6

Game 15 — New Life Academy 7, St. Croix Lutheran 4

Game 16 — Minnehaha Academy 8, Minneapolis Roosevelt 6

 

Fifth round

Game 17 — New Life Academy vs. Minnehaha Academy

 

Losers-bracket final

Game 18 — St. Agnes vs. Game 17 winner

 

Championship round, May 31, 5 p.m. at University of Northwestern

Game 19 — Concordia Academy vs. Game 18 winner

Second championship game, if necessary, June 1, 5 p.m. at University of Northwestern

 

 

 

 

 

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