It was fitting that Anoka senior Megan Lindenfelser was so involved in Anoka’s bid for its first state softball tournament trophy.
Lindenfelser struck out 10 in nine innings as the winning pitcher and drove in the decisive run in Anoka’s 3-2 win against North St. Paul in the Class AAA third place game at Caswell Park in Mankato Friday afternoon.
If high school teams could accept sponsorship deals, Starburst might want to check out the Anoka softball team.
What started out as a home run incentive of being tossed a Starburst from fourth-year coach Toni Jesinoski has blossomed into a reward for reaching third base.
After posting 25 runs against Centennial April 21, Anoka’s bats generated 19 runs the next two days, splitting a win and loss. Andover (3-2) scored a pair of runs in the top half of the sixth inning and Anoka (2-2) matched that total in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t plate one more run in the Northwest Suburban Conference loss April 22.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s softball program will have very few players return from a team that had an 11-17 record last season and a 5-5 finish in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.