Saturday, May 27, 2017
Saint Francis High School
Anoka High School
The Fighting Saints traveled to Fenway Fields today in Forest Lake for the second round of playoffs to face the Anoka Tornadoes in the first game of the day.
The Saints came out ready to play facing one of the best pitcher in the state of Minnesota, Amber Elliott from Anoka and the #1 seeded team in their section, the Anoka Tornadoes.
Lead-off batter, Hailey Heckenlaible, roped a stand up double into left center for the first at bat of the game, then Sydney Boelter put down a perfect bunt to move Heckenlaible to third base with one out, however, the Saints were unable to push Heckenlaible through for a run with an infield ground out and a strike out in the first inning.
The Saints starting pitcher, Ella Leipzig, was able to shut down the top of Anoka’s order 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the first inning on two ground outs and one infield pop fly.
In the second inning the Saints again, looked to push the first score of the game when Alex Marron drew a lead-off walk, followed by a bunt by Ally Mathwig that she beat out at first base for a hit. With one out Ella Leipzig put down a great bunt and made it safely to first base on an infield error. With bases loaded the Saints were knocking at the door to score again but closed the inning with a ground out into the infield with bases loaded.
The Anoka Tornadoes cracked the game open in the second inning when their lead-off hitter hit a home run over the center field fence to go up 1-0. The Tornadoes added another three runs in that inning on an infield error and then several base hits in the inning.
Anoka added another six runs in the third and two more in the fourth, to move the score to a 12-0 game by the fifth inning.
The Saints were able to get runners on again late in the fifth inning, but were unable to score against the Tornadoes in the contest. The Fighting Saints left 7 runners on base in the contest and had four hits against Elliott (who has only given up a total of six runs all spring season this year).
The following Saints were all 1 for 2 vs. Elliott in Game 1 today: Hailey Heckenlaible, Sydney Boelter, Ally Mathwig, and Ella Leipzig.
With the loss, the Saints were bumped down into the loser’s bracket of the section tourney and looked to face Cambridge in the 12:30pm game.