Eagles draw Tonka in first round of sections on Tuesday
The Eagles received a number three seed in Section 2AAAA and play Minnetonka for the third time this season Tuesday at Miller Park. The Eagles defeated the Skippers twice during the regular season.
As expected, Chanhassen was the unanimous first seed, followed by Shakopee, EP, Bloomington Jefferson, Prior Lake, Minnetonka, Chaska and Burnsville.
All first round games are at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Park. Second round games begin at 4:30 Thursday. Wednesday and Friday have been designated makeup days. Wednesday games, if necessary, begin at 7 p.m.
Here is the first round schedule:
Chanhassen vs. Burnsville, Field 4
Jefferson vs. Prior Lake, Field 5
Eden Prairie vs. Minnetonka, Field 6
Shakopee vs. Chaska, Field 7.
Sections continue May 28 and conclude May 30.
Eagles clinch Lake title with 13-2 win over Hopkins
Hannah Sirek was a one woman wrecking crew going 2 for 3 with a grand slam homerun and 5 RBI in a 13-2, 5-inning win over Hopkins Thursday. With the win, the Eagles clinched the outright Lake Conference title.
Abby Sailer pitched four shutout innings, giving up just two hits and one walk. Piper Lange finished up the fifth inning.
Taylor Wright added a two-run homer and 3 RBI, and Kate Zimmerman went 3 for 3 with a solo homerun. Piper Lange went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. Julia Goetz was 3 for 3.
The Eagles are now 12-3 overall and 7-0 in the Lake. The Eagles are scheduled to play Wayzata next Tuesday and Maple Grove next Friday at Night in the Park. Both games are at Miller Park. The Maple Grove game starts at 7 p.m. Currently, it is unclear if the Chanhassen game postponed Wednesday will be rescheduled.
Eagles finish season 20-8 after going 1-2 at State Tournament
The Eagles defeated Edina for the third time this season as part of their 1-2 State Tournament performance. The Eagles finished 6th out of 64 Minnesota 4A schools with a 20-8 season record. It was the Eagles' first State Tournament trip in 12 years.
The Eagles had a chance to win the Consolation Championship playing against new Lake Conference foe St. Michael-Albertville on Friday. The Eagles scored first in the 2nd inning but gave up a run in the 2nd and two runs in the 3rd to give STMA a lead they would not relinquish in the 4-2 loss. Thursday the Eagles lost 5-1 to East Ridge and won 5-3 over Edina.
The team banquet is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Varsity, JV record wins over Chaska
Abby Sailer recorded her second win of the season, scattering 4 hits in an 8-1 win over Chaska's Varsity squad. Kate Zimmer man had two hits and two RBI to lead the Eagles offensively.
Gabi Peta went 3 for 3 with a homerun to lead the JV to a 9-5 victory.
Varsity bats come alive vs. Wayzata in 11-1 win
Kate Zimmerman led off Wednesday's game at Wayzata with a homerun and her teammates followed her enroute to a 5-inning 11-1 victory.
Piper Lange went 2 for 4 and added a two-run homerun, Hannah Sirek went 3 for 3, and Molly Nelson went 2 for 2 with a double. Abby Sailer chalked up another victory on the mound, tossing a 3-hitter.
The Eagles are now 7-3 overall and 4-0 in the Lake Conference. They play conference foe Minnetonka Friday at Miller Park.
The Eagles' JV squad lost just their second game of the season 9-6. Priya Wolf hit a solo homerun in the losing effort.
The B Team started out strong, but lost its game 14-4. Chloe Fischer, Alex Hall and Ava Kizewski led the Eagles offense.
April 7 - @ Waconia
April 9 - @ Buffalo
April 10 - Park of Cottage Grove
April 13 - @ Wayzata
Apri 15 - @ Edina
April 17 - @ Hopkins
April 20 - @ Minnetonka
April 24 - St. Michael-Albertville
Apri 25 - EP Invite - N. St. Paul and
Eagles go undefeated in Lake with win over Wayzata
The Eagles finished their Lake Conference schedule undefeated with a 6-4 win over Wayzata Tuesday. The Eagles finished conference play 8-0 and are 13-4 overall.
Senior lead-off hitter Kate Zimmerman led the way going 2 for 2 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. Piper Lange in the five spot added two hits and three RBI. Emily Grein added two hits and an RBI. Abby Sailer went the distance for her 12th win of the season.
In the nightcap, the Eagles lost 4-0 to Section opponent Chanhassen. Abby Sailer again went the distance for only her 4th loss of the season.
The Eagles are scheduled to play a Friday night game at home against Maple Grove as part of Night in the Park festivities. Weather permitting, the Eagles travel to Superior, WI Saturday for a doubleheader to close out the regular season.
Section play begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Miller Park. The seed meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Varsity, JV sweep
Emily Grein went 3 for 8 with four RBI leading the Eagles to a two-game sweep of Hutchinson and Glencoe-Silver Lake Saturday in Hutchinson.
Piper Lange earned her first pitching victory with a 5-4 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake and Abby Sailer won her ninth game of the season with a 7-4 win over Hutchinson. Julia Goetz went 4 for 8 over the two games.
The JV beat Glencoe 14-2 and Hutchinson 9-8 in 10 innings.
Photos by Renee Lange
Eagles finish season 20-8
Eagles take season series vs. Minnetonka with 6-4 win
Eden Prairie scored early and held on to a 6-4 win Friday against Minnetonka. Abby Sailer pitched a complete game to earn the win, giving up six hits. Taylor Wright went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Lara Welter went 2 for 3 with a run scored. The Eagles are now 5-0 in the Lake Conference and 8-3 overall.
The JV lost its game 6-2. Addie Lyon went 2 for 3 with a double.
The B Team lost its game 18-6.
April 27 - Buffalo
April 29 - Wayzata
May 1 - Edina
May 4 - Hopkins
May 6 - Minnetonka
May 11 - @ St. Michael-Albertville
May 13 - @ Chaska
May 15 - Maple Grove (7 p.m.)
Varsity shuts down Edina; JV wins
Abby Sailer threw a 2-0 four-hit shutout over Edina Monday, backed up by a solid defensive performance by several Eagles players.
The Eagles held off several Edina scoring efforts. Lara Welter threw an Edina hitter out at first base from right field in the 2nd, and assisted throwing out another at third in the 1st; Molly Nelson flagged down two tough line drives in left field; Dani Fosdick hauled in a line drive at first base; and Julia Goetz went to her left to stab a liner at third.
Offensively, Kate Zimmerman led off the game with a double that hit the top of the center field fence and scored on a Julia Goetz bunt and error. Lara Welter singled in the second inning, advanced on an error and scored on a deep sacrifice fly ball by Dani Fosdick. Piper Lange added a single in the 6th inning but was stranded.
The Eagles are now 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the Lake Conference. They play at Wayzata Wednesday. Minnetonka visits Miller Park Friday for the Eagles' first home game. The Eagles play two games Saturday in Hutchinson.
The JV continued its run scoring dominance beating Edina 18-1. Gabi Peta went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Priya Wolf scored four runs in the victory.
Eagles lose to Crimson;
Sections start Tuesday
The Eagles lost their final regular season game 13-3 to Maple Grove Friday night. Anika Lange highlighted the evening with her first varsity homerun. The Eagles JV won its game 8-7. The B Team lost its game.
Eagles sweep Edina series
The first Edina batter of the game Monday got on with a bunt single and eventually scored. With the help of some solid defensive play, Abby Sailer scattered seven more hits but did not allow another run. The result was a 2-1 win and a season series sweep of Edina.
Priya Wolf, a regular on the JV team this season, entered the game as a pinch runner in the 6th inning with the score tied at one after Taylor Wright beat out an infield grounder. When Emily Grein laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, she hustled around second without breaking stride when she saw no one covering third base and slid in safely. One pitch later, Piper Lange drove her in with a sacrifice fly ball to center field with what turned out to be the winning run.
The Eagles are 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the Lake Conference.
The JV won its game 15-0 in 4 innings. Eagle pitchers notched the victory with a total of 39 pitches.
Varsity beats Tonka 6-0; B wins first game
The Eagles Varsity, behind pitcher Abby Sailer, shut out Minnetonka 6-0 Thursday. She allowed three hits and struck out seven in 6 innings of work. Piper Lange finished up with a scoreless 7th inning. Julia Goetz went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Piper went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
The JV lost its first game of the season 11-10. Grace Streed went 2 for 4 with a homerun.
The B Team recorded its first win of the season with a convincing 9-0 score. Alex Hall pitched the shutout and added a two-run homerun. Ava Kizewski also hit a homerun for the Eagles.
What you need to know about the State Tournament
- The Eagles will leave school at 11 a.m. next Wednesday to head to Mankato for the State Tournament. The bus will stop for lunch enroute to Mankato.
- Hotel rooms are reserved only for players and coaches. Parents need to make their own arrangements and are encouraged to do so quickly. There will be 32 teams in Mankato for the various levels. Players and coaches are staying at the Norwood Inn and Suites, 1111 Range St., Mankato, (507) 625-9333 (please note location change). Players and coaches will stay Thursday night, except for seniors who will be excused to leave if no more games are to be played.
- The 2019 Girls' State High School Softball Tournament Banquet is from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Verizon Event Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato. Players receive complimentary meals. Suggested attire is business casual/dressy. Parents are invited to attend. Tickets are $20 per person and reservations must be made by Sunday, June 2 at 7 p.m. Make your reservations by emailing Coach Jim Bayer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a check with your daughter to Monday practice payable to "EP Softball."
- Game 1 is at 9 a.m. Thursday at Caswell Park in North Mankato. After that game, players will return to the hotel to eat and rest. Game 2 is at 3 p.m. After game 2, the team will return to the hotel and have a team dinner. Game 3 is Friday. The team will head home after that game. Seniors may ride home with their parents to get to graduation ceremonies.
- State Tournament apparel is available for pre-order. Contact Kjersten Welter at Kwelter@edenpr.org to place an order. Apparel will be available the night of the banquet.
Wayzata, Chanhassen doubleheader Tuesday at Miller
Chanhassen has been added to the Varsity schedule Tuesday as part of a doubleheader at Miller Park. The Eagles will play Wayzata in a conference matchup at 4:15 followed by Chanhassen. JV and B games will be played at the same time.
The JV and B teams played Hopkins Friday. The JV won its game 7-1. The B Team lost 11-3.
Saturday, the JV beat New Ulm 12-7 and lost to Farmington 11-3 and Rosemount 8-5. The B Team lost all three of its games.
Initial game schedule set for 2020
The initial game schedule for the 2020 season has been set. The schedule reflects the addition of St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo to the Lake Conference. Three more non-conference games will be added to complete the schedule. All game times are 4:30 p.m., except for the EP Invite and Maple Grove.
Varsity splits, JV sweeps at EP Invite
The Eagles Varsity staged a nice comeback to beat LeSueur Henderson 4-3 behind the pitching of Piper Lange and Abby Sailer. Julia Goetz went 2 for 3 and Kate Zimmerman went 1 for 3 with two runs scored.
The Eagles were shutout 4-0 by LH in the second game, managing only three hits. The Eagles are now 5-3 for the season and is scheduled to face conference opponent Edina Monday.
The JV won its games 19-0 and 18-2, featuring an inside-the-park homerun by Lexi Mann. The JV is now 7-1 on the season.
Varsity loses 3-2 to Rosemount; JV goes 4-0
The EP Varsity hit the ball hard against Rosemount Friday - unfortunately too many of those hits went directly at a Rosemount defender. The result: a tough 3-2 loss. Abby Sailer held Rosemount to three hits and two earned runs. Hannah Sirek launched a solo homerun in the losing effort.
The JV continued its winning ways, defeating Rosemount 17-15 in 9 innings. Elizabeth Liu went 3-for-3, including a double. The JV is now 4-0 for the season.
The B Team lost its game 30-1. Alex Hall recorded a double and Ava Kizewski tripled.
Varsity, JV record wins at Hopkins
Abby Sailer pitched a 3-hitter to earn her first conference win 6-2 over Hopkins Wednesday.
Kate Zimmerman hit a two-run homerun in the second inning, Taylor Wright went 2 for 4, and Hannah Sirek went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Annika Welter went 2 for 4 with a homerun and a double to lead the JV to a 9-2 victory.
The B Team completed its first 7-inning game against Hopkins, losing a close game 16-12. The B Team lost to Centennial 10-0 on Tuesday.
Eagles win 6 straight to advance to 4A State Tournament in Mankato
Two wins over Shakopee sends Eagles to State Tournament
Julia Goetz's one out line drive single to centerfield in the bottom of the ninth brought Molly Nelson in from third base and completed a 6-game Section tournament sweep following a first round loss and punched the Eagles' ticket to Mankato for the State Tournament next week. The Eagles beat Shakopee 5-3 in the first game Thursday and 3-2 in the deciding game.
Abby Sailer pitched all 16 innings Thursday, striking out 8 and giving up just 3 earned runs. She pitched all but one out in the Section tournament. Piper Lange had 4 hits and 2 RBI Thursday. Seven different players had RBIs in the two games. Several defensive plays helped ensure the two wins, including a diving catch in right by Lara Welter to save a run, and infield plays by Julia Goetz, Kate Zimmerman, Piper Lange and Emily Grein - including a crucial double play in the championship game on a bunt that went from Grein to Lange to Zimmerman catching the lead runner over running second base.
Earlier Section rounds
The Eagles Tuesday advanced to the Section 2AAAA Championship round after defeating Prior Lake 10-7 and Bloomington Jefferson 5-0. Seniors Kate Zimmerman and Taylor Wright led the way against Prior Lake, driving in five of the 10 runs between them. Emily Grein and Piper Lange each had 2 RBI. Zimmerman went 2 for 4 with an RBI vs. Jefferson and senior Hannah Sirek added 2 RBI with a shot that bounced off the top of the centerfield fence back onto the playing field for a double. Defensive gems were added by juniors Julia Goetz at 3B, Emily Grein at 1B, and Lara Welter who made a diving catch in right field. Sophomore pitcher Abby Sailer notched wins in both games.
The two wins followed a tough Section 2AAAA first round 7-4 loss to Minnetonka in a rain suspended game that took two days to play, the Eagles fought back last Friday to beat Chaska 8-2 and then number one seed Chanhassen in a 6-5 thriller. Taylor Wright went 3 for 4 with a homerun and six RBI against Chaska. Abby Sailer was the winning pitcher in both games.
The Eagles now play undefeated Shakopee at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Miller Park. The Eagles must beat Shakopee twice to win the Section 2AAAA championship. The winner advances to the AAAA State Tournament in Mankato June 6-7. The Eagles last played in the Section championship game in 2016 losing to Chanhassen. The Eagles last played in the State Tournament in 2007 when they placed third.