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Softball playoffs set for Douglas County area teams

Alexandria opens the 8-3A tournament as the No. 3 seed against Detroit Lakes.

Brookelyn Stender
Alexandria's Brookelyn Stender awaits a throw to second base against the St. Cloud Crush on May 3, 2022. Stender and the Cardinals got the third seed in Section 8-3A after a 6-14 regular season, and they open the playoffs with a home game on May 24 against sixth-seeded Detroit Lakes.
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The softball regular season is over as Douglas County area teams open up the playoffs this week.

Here is a look at how teams from the Echo Press coverage area were seeded.

Section 8-3

Alexandria finished the regular season with a 6-14 overall record.

That was good enough to get the third seed in the six-team 8-3A field. The Cardinals host sixth-seeded Detroit Lakes on May 24 at 4:30 p.m. Alexandria swept Detroit Lakes in 9-3 and 8-5 games on May 13.

Rocori (11-8) is seeded first in the field. Little Falls (9-10) is second, Willmar (3-13) is fourth, and Sauk Rapids-Rice (2-17) is fifth.

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The winner of Alexandria’s opening-round game will go to Little Falls to face the Flyers on May 26 at 4 p.m.

Section 6AA

The Osakis softball team is part of a 16-team Section 6AA field that has 10 teams with winning records.

The Silverstreaks (5-11) got the 15th seed and open up the tournament against second-seeded Pierz (16-3) today, Monday, at 3 p.m.

St. Cloud Cathedral (19-1) is seeded first in Section 6AA. Pequot Lakes (17-3), Albany (13-5) and Holdingford (13-4) round out the top five.

Section 3AA

Minnewaska (3-11) and West Central Area (8-6) will face each other in the 15-team Section 3AA playoff opener.

West Central Area earned the fourth seed in the North and Minnewaska is seeded fifth. They will face each other at 4:30 p.m. in Morris on May 24.

The winner will face the winner of top-seeded Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta and eighth-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City right after that opener.

Section 6A

Brandon-Evansville and Parkers Prairie will open up the Section 6A playoffs on the road.

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Brandon-Evansville (10-5) was seeded fifth in the East half of the field and will open up at fourth-seeded Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale (13-7) at 5 p.m. on May 24.

Parkers Prairie (4-12) was seeded eighth and will go to top-seeded Upsala (15-3) at 5 p.m. that same day. The winners of these opening-round games play in Browerville on May 26.

New York Mills (16-4) is the second seed in the 6A-East. Browerville-Eagle Valley (12-4) is third, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (5-11) is sixth, and Swanville (6-11) is seventh.

Hancock (13-1) is the No. 1 seed in the 6A-West field. Ashby (3-13) is seeded sixth in the West and plays at third-seeded Lake Park-Audubon on May 24 at 5 p.m.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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