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The Robins got the 2018 adapted soccer season off to an amazing start this afternoon, defeating the Park Center Pirates 9-1. Ninth grader Ava Hetteen scored the first goal of the season for the Robins (and the first of her Robins’ career) 8 minutes into the game, and the Robins never looked back from there! Hetteen finished the game with 2 goals and played very well on both ends of the floor. Sam Roles had one of the best games of his young soccer career, netting 5 goals to go with 1 assist. Maddie Ausk and Marcus Brady also were great, finishing with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Nikki Dougan, Izear Joiner and Vincent Luu all were credited with 1 assist each. Luu made 29 saves in net. Darius Larson blocked 11 shots while Edgar Kinanga blocked 13. The Robins will look to build on this great effort next week when they travel to the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs on September 27. Way to go, Robins!
The Robins had a great weekend at the 2018 Adapted Softball State Tournament, coming away with another State Championship. They got things going with a solid 15-5 win over Burnsville / Farmington / Lakeville on Friday night, then followed it up with an impressive 10-1 win over the Dakota United Hawks in the seminfinals on Saturday Morning. In the championship game, the Robins took the field against the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs for the fourth time this season, and it turned out to be the tightest game of the season. The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and completely held the Robins offense in check until the bottom of the third. A huge rally with two outs saw the Robins knock out 5 consecutive hits, scoring 4 times to take a 4-1 lead. With the Robins defense as dialed in as it was, those 4 runs turned out to be all they needed. Awesome pitching by Sam Roles ( just 3 runs allowed in 18+ innings pitched), solid fielding by Brendan Bosker-Elliott and Calvin Gerdt combined with flat-out unbelievable work at shortstop by Vincent Luu tamed the Mustangs for the final three innings. Luu turned an awesome double play in the top of the seventh inning to secure the championship for the Robins and finished the tournament with a handful of amazing plays in the field to go with 7 hits and 5 RBI. Izear Joiner also knocked out 7 hits to go with 4 RBI. Bosker-Elliott quitely had the biggest tournament for the Robins, collecting 9 hits in 10 trips to the plate, 2 doubles and a home run to go with a team-leading 7 RBI. Luu, Gerdt and Hayley Engebretsen were named to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team. Way to go Robins….it was an amazing season!!!!
The PI Robins are participating in the Adapted Softball State Tournament on June 1 & 2 at Coon Rapids High School. By virtue of their 7-0 record, the Robins are the #1 seed from the North Conference and will face the #4 South Conference seed, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 1. Semifinal, third place and championship games will take place on Saturday, June 2.
A full PI tournament bracket can be found here:
Follow this link to read the Star Tribune article previewing the tournament:
The Robins finished off a perfect regular season with a 14-4, 5-inning win over the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs. This game was very tight early on, with the Mustangs leading 4-2 heading in to the bottom of the third inning. The Robins bats started to heat up as they scored three times in the third to take a 5-4 lead. The batting went from “heating-up” in the third inning to “red-hot” in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Robins scored four times in the fourths and five times in the fifth to put the game away. Aside from three fielding errors in the first three innings that led to three of the four Mustang runs, the Robins were extremely sharp in the field over the final two innings, holding the Mustangs scoreless. The Robins now have more than two full weeks to prepare for the state tournament on June 1 & 2 at Coon Rapids H.S.
The Robins improved their record to 6-0 and clinched the North Conference Championship with a very nice 14-2 win over the Mounds View Rams. After two straigh games with inconsistent hitting, the Robins broke out in an big way in this game, plating 5 runs in both the first and fourth innings along with three runs in the third. Everyone was seeing the ball well at the plate and hitting the spots they needed to hit. Calvin Gerdt had 4 hits, including two triples. Brendan Bosker-Elliott and Sam Roles each had three hits, while Izear Joiner, Vincent Luu, Ethan Sullivan, Edgar Kinanga and Maddie Ausk all finished the game with two hits. The Robins wrap up the regular season on Monday when they host Anoka-Hennepin.