Woodbury dropped a 1-0 decision to top-ranked Chanhassen (25-2) in the battle for third place on June 9 in the Class 4A state girls’ softball tournament held at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
The loss came on the heels of a 1-0 loss in 13 innings in the championship semifinals to second-ranked Anoka and left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Royals.
It was a tough ending considering how well Woodbury played at state. The team surrendered just two runs in three games, but that was enough for the Royals to finish fourth.
Surprising Farmington won the Class 4A title with a 1-0 win in 10 innings over Anoka.
Woodbury ended the season with a 23-4 record. The Royals’ four defeats came at the hands of No. 1 Chanhassen, No. 2 Anoka, No. 6 Park and No. 7 Forest Lake, each by one run.
The Royals, however, had a 21-game winning streak this season, dethroned rival Park to win the Suburban East Conference and repeated as Class 4A, Section 4 champions.
It was also the second straight season the Royals had finished in the top four big school division at state, a feat matched only by Chanhassen.
Chanhassen’s Kali O’Keeffe knocked a one-out home run in the first inning for the only run of the game in the battle for third place.
Chanhassen pitchers Marybeth Olson and Taylor Manno then combined for a two-hit shutout.
Woodbury pitcher Ally Hjort allowed just five hits and struck out six.
The Royals had two chances with runners on base to get on the scoreboard but misfired both times. In the fourth, leadoff batter Meagan Bliese walked and moved to third an out later on a double by Kaitlyn Rocco. But Bliese was tagged out attempting to steal home,…
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