Photos by Renee Lange
April 25 - EP Invite - N. St. Paul and
April 27 - Buffalo
April 29 - Wayzata
May 1 - Edina
May 2 - Rosemount
May 4 - Hopkins
May 6 - Minnetonka
May 11 - @ St. Michael-Albertville
May 13 - @ Chaska
May 15 - Maple Grove (7 p.m.)
May 19 and 21 - Section Playoffs
May 26 and 28 - Section Playoffs
June 4 and 5 - State Tournament
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 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.
Following their first State Tournament appearance in 12 years, the Eagles schedule for the 2020 season has been set. The schedule reflects the addition of St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo to the Lake Conference. All game times are 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Updated 10/16/19
March 14 and 21 - Dome scrimmages
March 27 - April 3 - Florida Spring Break trip
April 4 - North Branch - Dome scrimmage
April 7 - @ Waconia
April 9 - @ Buffalo
April 11 - Park of Cottage Grove
April 13 - @ Wayzata
Apri 15 - @ Edina
April 17 - @ Hopkins
April 20 - @ Minnetonka
April 22 - @ Chanhassen (6 p.m.)
April 23 - St. Michael-Albertville
2020 schedule set following successful season
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 6A 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.
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.