Mounds View fastpitch drops first playoff game

The Mounds View High School fastpitch softball team suffered its first loss of the post-season on Friday, losing 3-1 to top-seeded Maple Grove.

The loss drops the Mustangs into the loser's bracket and a 4 p.m. elimination game on Tuesday against Centennial at Rice Creek in Shoreview. Maple Grove takes on Champlin Park on Tuesday, also at 4 p.m. at Rice Creek.

Against Maple Grove, Mounds View took the first lead of the game by scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth. Lauren Hurley doubled home Maddy Gorman, who had led off the inning with a single and moved up on an error.

Maple Grove answered with a run in the top of the fifth on a walk and three singles and went ahead with two more runs in the sixth.

Following the first set of games on Tuesday, the Mounds View/Centennial winner will play the Maple Grove/Champlin Park loser in the loser's bracket final. The winner of that game moves on to Thursday's section final against the Maple Grove/Champlin Park winner.

Section 5AAA fastpitch softball playoffs All games at Rice Creek complex, Shoreview First round Game 1 - Spring Lake Park 3, Totino-Grace 2, 13 innings Game 2 - Irondale 6, Osseo 4 Game 3 - Coon Rapids 10, St. Michael-Albertville 0, 5 innings Game 4 - Champlin Park 4, Rogers 3, 10 innings

Second round Game 5 - Maple Grove 10, Spring Lake Park 2 Game 6 - Mounds View 5, Irondale 4 Game 7 - Centennial 3, Coon Rapids 0 Game 8 - Champlin Park 2, Park Center 1

Third round, May 24, 4 p.m. Game 9 - Maple Grove 3, Mounds View 1 Game 10 - Champlin Park 3, Centennial 0

Fourth round, May 29, 4 p.m. Game 11 - Maple Grove vs. Champin Park Game 12 - Mounds View vs. Centennial

Fifth round, May 29, 5:30 p.m. Game 13 - Game 11 loser vs. Game 12 winner

Championship final, May 31, 4 p.m. Game 14 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 13 winner Second game, if necessary, 20 minutes after first game

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