Anoka softball advances to section championship

Sports Reporter
Sam is the sports reporter for ABC Newspapers, covering high school, junior college and community sports in the area. He joined the staff in October 2016.
Anoka players celebrate Jenna King’s game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Tornadoes to the Section 7AAAA title game. (Photo by Sam Herder

With a 21-1 record heading into Wednesday’s Section 7AAAA game against Forest Lake, the Anoka softball team didn’t have too many close-game situations prior. The top-seeded Tornadoes found themselves in one against the No. 3 seed Rangers with a chance to advance to the championship game.

A pitching battle between Anoka’s Amber Elliott and Megan Baniecke saw a 1-0 Forest Lake lead heading into the seventh inning. Anoka was able to tie the game and send it into extra innings when Jenna King scored on an errant throw to first base off an Emma Bright bunt.

After a scoreless eighth inning, King scored again, this time from third base on a wild pitch, to give the Tornadoes the 2-1 win.

Anoka plays Forest Lake again in the title game at 3:30 p.m. today at Ramsey’s Central Park. The Rangers (17-7) defeated No. 2 seed Blaine 5-3 following their 2-1 loss to earn a rematch with the Tornadoes.

Blaine advanced to play Forest Lake after defeating St. Francis 9-1.

The Bengals end their season 19-5 and the Fighting Saints finish 10-14.

(Photos by Sam Herder)
(Photos by Sam Herder)