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The Robins opened the 2019 Adapted Softball State Tournament in the same fashion they ended the regular season, with a dominating 5 inning victory. The Robins faced the Burnsville-Farmington-Lakeville Blazing Cats in the state quarterfinals and took charge immediately, posting the maximum 5 runs in the first inning. They added 1 run in the second, 2 in the third and 2 more in the fourth as they cruised to victory.
The second day of the adapted softball state tournament got off to a rough start for the Robins, as they struggled with their bats and their fielding when they faced the #2 seed from the South Conference, the Rochester Raiders. The game was 2-0 in favor of the Raiders through two innings, but things got out of hand quickly in the third inning, and the Raiders ultimately pulled away with a 13-3 win in 5 innings.
The Robins bounced back nicely, played some solid defense and got some timely hitting as they took home the third place trophy by defeating the Osseo Orioles 7-3. Three runs in the first inning and three more in the second proved to be more than enough as the Robins defense only allowed 5 Orioles base runners to advance to second base or beyond.
Sam Roles and Vincent Luu were named to the Wells-Fargo All-Tournament Team. Congratulations, Robins – it was another great season! #Robination
In the season finale, the Robins got solid contributions from every player on the roster and coasted to an 11-1, 5-inning victory to finish the season on a high note and lock up the North Conference Championship and a #1 seed at the State Tournament. Edgar Kinanga, Maddie Ausk, Darius Larson, Izear Joiner, Sam Roles and Ava Hetteen all finished the game with two hits each, including a game-ending home run from Hetteen in the bottom of the fifth inning. Vincent Luu had 3 RBI while Ethan Sullivan and Nikki Dougan both had 2 RBI. Roles covered all five innings on the mound, allowing just three hits to go with one earned run. The Robins finish the season with a 7-1 record and now will have two weeks to prepare for the State Tournament on May 31 and June 1 at Chanhassen High School.
The Robins came into this game determined to avenge their early-season loss to the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs, but found themselves struggling early before settling down and grinding out a solid 11-5 victory. Quiet bats and a few shaky defensive plays had the Robins trailing 4-0 after three innings, but five hits and three runs in the fourth inning got the entire squad going. The Mustangs answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead before the Robins defense got dialed in and shut them down over the final three innings. The Robins hung on to a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh inning, then erupted for six consecutive hits that scored five runs to put the game out of reach. Izear Joiner, Maddie Ausk, VIncent Luu, Edgar Kinanga, Sam Roles and Ethan Sullivan all recorded three hits apiece, with Kinanga and Lucas Harper finishing the game with 3 RBI each. Roles pitched all seven innings, allowing 3 earned runs to go with his two doubles and 2 RBI. The win catapults the Robins into first place in the North Conference with one game remaining on the schedule.
The Robins’ winning streak hit four games with an impressive 11-0 home win over Minneapolis. This game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Robins put two of the first three batters on base before Vincent Luu drove them both in with a three-run home run. Sam Roles opened the fourth inning with a home run of his own before Nick Johnson drove Owen Karjala in with a triple, putting the Robins ahead 5-0. Seven consecutive hits to open the fifth inning put the Robins ahead 9-0, then Izear Joiner ended the game in the home half of the sixth inning with a two-run home run. Joiner had his fourth consecutive 4-4 game at the plate and has done an excellent job of finding openings in the field and hitting the ball hard. Sam Roles went 3-3 while Maddie Ausk and Vincent Luu both recorded two hits. Roles pitched all six innings, allowing just 5 hits to get the win. The Robins are on the road on May 14 to face the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs in a pivotal battle for first place in the North Conference.
The Robins trailed early, but maintained consistent hitting and fielding in the middle innings of the game and prevailed 10-4 in a crucial North Conference match up against the Osseo Orioles. After trailing 3-0 after the first inning and 4-3 after the third, the Robins defense tightened up and shut the Orioles down for four consecutive innings. Their bats were consistent in innings three through seven, scoring at least one run in the top half of every one of those innings. Izear Joiner is nearing “red-hot” status at the plate, once again going 4-4 with 2 RBI. Ava Hetteen went 3-3 and scored three times while Edgar Kinanga, Sam Roles Marcus Brady and Darius Larson all collected 3 hits each. The Robins will look to push their winning streak to four games next Tuesday when they return home to face Minneapolis.