The 2017 Crimson softball team celebrate their section win. (Photo courtesy of Rich Moll)
The Crimson needed one win to beat Spring Lake Park for the Section 5AAAA title, but the Panthers had other ideas. They jumped on Maple Grove for an 8-0 lead and held on for an 8-4 victory to force a second game for the championship.
Game two was the opposite; Maple Grove scored four times in the first inning to build a big early lead, then held on through some tense moments late in the game as the Panthers rallied to within 5-4.
Spring Lake Park had the bases loaded in the seventh inning before the Crimson escaped a jam for the win.
It’s Maple Grove’s sixth section title in the past eight seasons. Seeding for the state tournament takes place over the weekend.
Video below courtesy of CCX Sports