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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.
The Robins are now 5-0 after a 7-1 win over the Osseo Orioles. A 4-run first inning was all the Robins needed to secure the win, however they would have much rather been able to string together a few nice innings at the plate than have their bats go cold and struggle to produce base runners. After that big opening inning, the Robins had difficulty putting more than two or three hits together and getting base runners in to scoring position, as they had two innings with no hits and 1 inning with just one hit. Fortunately, they were able to score single runs in three different innings to give themselves a little cushion. The Robins terrific defense in the field didn’t hurt their cause either as they continued to play nearly error free ball. Kajon Terrell came up with a huge catch in center field in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Orioles had two runners on base and one of their biggest hitters at the plate. If Terrell didn’t come up with that ball, the outcome of the game definitely could have been a little different! Vincent Luu carried much of the load at the plate today, recording three hits, including a triple to go with three runs scored and three RBI. The Robins are now at home for the final two games of the season, facing Mounds View on May 9 and Anoka-Hennepin on May 14.