Champlin Park challenges higher seeds
By Matthew Davis
Sun Post Newspapers
Champlin Park gelled on the softball diamond just in time for the postseason.
As the No. 10 seed, the Rebels ousted No. 7-seed Totino-Grace 3-1 on Tuesday, May 20 on the Eagles home diamond. Emma Lehman hit the go-ahead RBI on a triple in the seventh inning for the Rebels in the Section 5AAA first round victory. Brittany Davis gave the Rebels some breathing room with an RBI to score Haley Mazzei.
“Cassie Meyer pitched very well, and we played good defense behind her,” said Rebels coach Bryan Woodley.
Meyer allowed just four hits agaisnt the No. 2 seed Rogers Royals on Wednesday, May 21. Unfortunately for the Rebels, Rogers scored four runs despite the low hit totals in the Section 5AAA second round contest.
Champlin Park fell behind 4-0 and didn’t get a run until late in the game as they fell 4-1. Lehman went 2-3 at the plate.
A day later, the Rebels had to turn around and take on conference rival and No. 6 seed Park Center in the consolation bracket. With elimination on the line, the Rebels came up short at the Pirates’ home field in a 3-1 loss.
“After splitting two games with Champlin, we knew it was going to be just a good high school game,” Pirates coach Steve Ericson said. “We executed pretty well with runners in scoring position and with two out.”
Champlin Park finished their season at 5-12 overall. The Rebels struggled during the regular season with just four wins, but they won two of three games in early May before a tough stretch to end the regular season.
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