Beacons fastpitch faces tough competition at state

There used to be a segment on “Sesame Street” called “One of these things is not like the others.” The Concordia Academy fastpitch softball team was one of those unlike things compared to the other teams in the Class AA state tournament last week. 

Concordia Academy had the fewest wins of any of the eight teams, was the only squad with double-digit losses entering the tournament and was one of only two unranked teams in the field. Despite that, the Beacons were in North Mankato, site of the tournament, to compete for a championship.

That proved to be difficult for the Beacons, who went 0-2 against two teams that entered the tournament with a combined record of 45-3.

Concordia opened the tournament on June 9 at Caswell Park against fifth-ranked Rockford, which was 21-3 entering the tournament. The Rockets wasted little time offensively as it scored four runs in the top of the first and three more in the second.

Concordia got on the board with one run in the fourth and five in the fifth but Rockford matched the Beacons in those two innings and added two more in the sixth.

Taylor Brunn took the loss for Concordia. She went 5 1/3 innings, gave up 13 runs (only six were earned) on nine hits and five walks. She struck out three and the Beacons committed four errors.

Becca Erdman relieved Brunn in the sixth and gave up two runs on three hits, walked none and struck out two.

Concordia Academy scored its six runs on seven hits, three of which came off the bat of Alyssa Moore. Brunn and Lydia Lecher added two hits each and Moore and Lecher each drove in two runs.

The loss dropped Concordia Academy into the consolation semifinals, where the competition actually got stronger. Second-ranked Pipestone, which entered the tournament undefeated, was upset in the first round by fourth-ranked Pequot Lakes and also fell into the consolation bracket.

Pipestone bounced back from its quarterfinal loss to drop the Beacons 13-1 in five innings.

The Arrows started quickly by scoring once in the first and five in the second. They tacked on three more in the third and closed out their scoring with four more in the fourth.

Concordia scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth.

Pipestone was very efficient offensively by scoring its 13 runs on eight hits, half of which went for extra bases.

The Beacons amassed five hits and three of them came from Brunn. Madison Stilp added a triple and Erdman had Concordia’s other hit. Stilp scored her team’s run on a groundout by Abby Miggler following Stilp’s triple.

Erdman was Concordia’s starting pitcher and took the loss. She gave up eight runs (all earned) on four hits in three innings of work. She walked two and struck out four. Brunn pitched the final two innings and gave up five runs (only one earned) on four hits. She walked two and struck out two. 

Brunn batted .714 in the two games by going 5-for-7. She also had a run batted in and two stolen bases.

The two losses gave Concordia Academy a final record of 13-13.

 

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

 

 

Class AA fastpitch softball state tournament

Quarterfinals

Game 1 — Zumbrota-Mazeppa 2, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 0

Game 2 — LeSueur-Henderson 6, Esko 0

Game 3 — Pequot Lakes 5, Pipestone Area 1

Game 4 — Rockford 15, Concordia Academy 6

 

Semifinals

Game 5 — Zumbrota-Mazeppa 2, LeSueur-Henderson 1

Game 6 — Pequot Lakes 2, Rockford 1

 

Consolation semifinals

Game 7 — Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 8, Esko 2

Game 8 — Pipestone 13, Concordia Academy 1, 5 innings

 

Consolation final

Game 9 — Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton vs. Pipestone

 

Third-place game

Game 10 — LeSueur-Henderson vs. Rockford

 

Championship

Game 11 — Zumbrota-Mazeppa vs. Pequot Lakes

 

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