Central Minnesota high school softball teams receive seeds for upcoming section tournaments

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Katherine Bell of Cathedral slides back to first to beat the tag by Albany's Joran Carlson during the game Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Albany High School.
Katherine Bell of Cathedral slides back to first to beat the tag by Albany's Joran Carlson during the game Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Albany High School.

The seeds for section softball tournaments came out on Saturday as many local teams were looking for an opportunity to host a section game.

Softball has a double elimination process with any section tournament. If a team loses once, it heads to the losers' bracket to attempt to fight through to the championship game.

In the championship game, the one-loss team will need to win twice in a row to earn a spot at state, while the zero-loss team will have to win one of the two games to reach state.

Here's a breakdown of where Central Minnesota teams stand in various section tournaments.

Megan Driste of Sartell lays down a bunt during the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Sartell High School.
Megan Driste of Sartell lays down a bunt during the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Sartell High School.

Section 8-4A

Sartell and St. Cloud moved up to Class 4A this season and will face off against some of the biggest schools in the state.

The Sabres earned the No. 3 seed, while the Crush received the No. 9 seed. St. Cloud (10-10) will head to No. 8 Bemidji (7-8) at 4:30 p.m. Monday to compete in the play-in game for an opportunity to be in the double elimination bracket.

The winner between the Crush and Lumberjacks will head to No. 1 Brainerd (20-0) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for the quarterfinals. Sartell (16-4) will be on the other side of the bracket as the Sabres host No. 6 Elk River (9-11) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Cloud's Olivia Laudenbach swings at a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader against Sartell Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Sartell High School.
St. Cloud's Olivia Laudenbach swings at a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader against Sartell Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Sartell High School.

The other teams competing in this section include: No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville (15-5), No. 4 Rogers (12-7), No. 5 Moorhead (11-9), No. 7 Buffalo (7-12).

This section tournament will continue to play throughout the next couple weeks with the championship game happening on Thursday, June 2, and, if necessary, a second game on Friday, June 3.

ROCORI senior Shelby Prom pitches the ball Thursday, April 28, 2022, at ROCORI High School in Cold Spring.
ROCORI senior Shelby Prom pitches the ball Thursday, April 28, 2022, at ROCORI High School in Cold Spring.

Section 8-3A

ROCORI and Sauk Rapids-Rice will compete in the Section 8-3A tournament.

The Spartans have a first-round bye; ROCORI earned the No. 1 seed. Sauk Rapids-Rice received the No. 5 seed and will compete in the quarterfinals.

The Storm (2-17) will travel to No. 4 Willmar (3-12) for a quarterfinals matchup at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play ROCORI (11-6) in the quarterfinals.

Corina Miller of Sauk Rapids concentrates on the ball as Tech's Olivia Laudenbach slides into second Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in St. Cloud.
Corina Miller of Sauk Rapids concentrates on the ball as Tech's Olivia Laudenbach slides into second Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in St. Cloud.

The Spartans would host that quarterfinals game at 4 p.m. Thursday. The championship game is Thursday, June 2 at the College of St. Benedict.

The other teams in the section include: No. 2 Little Falls (9-10), No. 3 Alexandria (6-14) and No. 6 Detroit Lakes (5-13).

Ella Voit of Cathedral pitches in the second inning during the first game of the doubleheader Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Albany High School.
Ella Voit of Cathedral pitches in the second inning during the first game of the doubleheader Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Albany High School.

Section 6-2A

Cathedral and Albany had strong seasons that allowed both to earn a top-four seed in the Section 6-2A tournament.

The Crusaders earned the No. 1 seed after a 19-1 record, while the Huskies received the No. 4 seed.

Cathedral (19-1) will host No. 16 Staples-Motley (2-13) in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The winner of this matchup will play the winner of No. 8 Melrose (9-8) and No. 9 Kimball Area (9-11).

The second round game will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Field in Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park.

Albany's Hallie Hoffarth throws a pitch during the game Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Albany High School.
Albany's Hallie Hoffarth throws a pitch during the game Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Albany High School.

Albany (13-5) will host No. 13 Pillager (10-9) in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The winner will play the winner of No. 5 Holdingford (13-4) and No. 12 Foley (5-11) in the second round game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Traut Field in Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park.

This section championship game is happening on Thursday, June 2, at Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park.

The other teams in the section include: No. 2 Pierz (16-3), No. 3 Pequot Lakes (17-3), No. 6 Sauk Centre (16-4), No. 7 Eden Valley-Watkins (12-8), No. 10 Paynesville (10-9), No. 11 Royalton (8-10), No. 14 Milaca (6-14) and No. 15 Osakis (5-11).

Brian Mozey is the high school sports reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach him at 320-255-8772 or bmozey@stcloudtimes.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianMozey.

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Section 8-4A Schedule 

Monday, May 23

Section 8-4A Winner’s Bracket Play-In 

No. 9 St. Cloud at No. 8 Bemidji, 4:30 p.m.  

Tuesday, May 24

Section 8-4A Winner’s Bracket First Round  

Winner of No. 9 St. Cloud/No. 8 Bemidji at No. 1 Brainerd, 4:30 p.m.  

No. 6 Elk River at No. 3 Sartell, 4:30 p.m.  

Thursday, May 26

Section 8-4A Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals  

Winner of No. 3 Sartell/No. 6 Elk River at Winner of No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville/No. 7 Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.  

Section 8-4A Loser’s Bracket First Round  

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, 4 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 31

Section 8-4A Winner’s Bracket Semifinals  

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, 4 p.m. 

Section 8-4A Loser’s Bracket Quarterfinals  

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, 4 p.m. 

Section 8-4A Loser’s Bracket Semifinals  

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, 6 p.m. 

Thursday, June 2

Section 8-4A Winner’s Bracket Championship 

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, 6 p.m. 

Section 8-4A Loser’s Bracket Championship  

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, 4 p.m. 

Friday, June 3

Section 8-4A Winner’s Bracket Championship (Game 2 – if necessary) 

Sartell, St. Cloud at High Seed, TBD 

Section 8-3A Schedule 

Tuesday, May 24

Section 8-3A Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals  

No. 5 Sauk Rapids-Rice at No. 4 Willmar, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 26

Section 8-3A Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals  

Winner of No. 5 Sauk Rapids-Rice/No. 4 Willmar at No. 1 ROCORI, 4 p.m.  

Section 8-3A Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals  

ROCORI, Sauk Rapids-Rice at High Seed, 6 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 31

Section 8-3A Winner’s Bracket Semifinals  

ROCORI, Sauk Rapids-Rice at High Seed, TBD 

Section 8-3A Loser's Bracket Semifinals  

ROCORI, Sauk Rapids-Rice at High Seed, TBD 

Section 8-3A Loser's Bracket Championship  

ROCORI, Sauk Rapids-Rice at High Seed, 6 p.m. 

Thursday, June 2

Section 8-3A Winner’s Bracket Championship  

ROCORI, Sauk Rapids-Rice at College of St. Benedict’s, 4 p.m. 

Section 8-3A Winner’s Bracket Championship (Game 2 – if necessary) 

ROCORI, Sauk Rapids-Rice at College of St. Benedict’s, 6 p.m.  

Section 6-2A Schedule

Monday, May 23

Section 6-2A Winner’s Bracket First Round  

No. 16 Staples-Motley at No. 1 Cathedral, 4:30 p.m. 

No 13 Pillager at No. 4 Albany, 4:30 p.m.  

Tuesday, May 24

Section 6-2A Winner’s Bracket Second Round  

Winner of No. 1 Cathedral/No. 16 Staples-Motley vs. Winner of No. 8 Melrose/No. 9 Kimball at Miller Field (Rivers Edge Park), 5 p.m.  

Winner of No. 4 Albany/No. 13 Pillager vs. Winner of No. 5 Holdingford/No. 12 Foley at Traut Field (Rivers Edge Park), 5 p.m.  

Section 6-2A Loser’s Bracket First Round 

Cathedral, Albany at Rivers Edge Park, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26

Section 6-2A Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Section 6-2A Loser’s Bracket Second Round  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Tuesday, May 31

Section 6-2A Winner’s Bracket Semifinals  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Section 6-2A Loser’s Bracket Quarterfinals  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Section 6-2A Loser’s Bracket Semifinals  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Thursday, June 2

Section 6-2A Loser’s Bracket Championship  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Section 6-2A Winner’s Bracket Championship  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

Section 6-2A Winner’s Bracket Championship (Game 2 – if necessary)  

Albany, Cathedral at Rivers Edge Park, TBD 

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