Three has been considered a number for perfection, and it fittingly played into Anoka-Hennepin’s state championship run for PI adapted softball.
In three contests this season, the Mustangs beat six-time defending champion Robbinsdale-Hopkins-Mound Westonka during the regular season. While the two didn’t meet in Saturday’s state championship game, the unbeaten Mustangs (14-0) beat the only two other teams that beat the Robins all season.
After cruising in the quarterfinals, Anoka-Hennepin beat Dakota United and Rochester by three points each time in scores of 11-8. Both the Hawks and Raiders beat the Robins in the tournament, preventing a matchup with the Mustangs in the final.
The Raiders beat the Robins for a the second time this season in the semifinals, setting up a showdown with the Mustangs. Ironically the two finalists met to open their respective seasons on April 10 in a 6-1 win by the Mustangs.
Anoka-Hennepin scored almost as many runs as that first meeting in the first inning of the championship game with five. Joey Manion drove in two runs for the Mustangs as they held off the Raiders the rest of the way.
Manion also had a big game for the Mustangs against Dakota United in the semifinals earlier on in the day in an 11-8 victory. The sophomore infielder drove two runs on triple. Both Manion and Stevey France had two hits in the game.
Tyler Ezell had the big game for Anoka-Hennepin in the quarterfinals on Friday, May 29 when the Mustangs routed Osseo 17-1. Defensively, the Mustangs also had their with a couple double plays.
The Mustangs ended their streak of four-straight losses in their previous championship game appearances for PI adapted softball. Moreover, they did it in front of a home crowd of sorts at Coon Rapids High School.
Anoka-Hennepin’s co-op consists of Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Champlin Park and Coon Rapids.
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