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6A Softball playoffs: No. 2 NY Mills takes on No. 3 Lake Park-Audubon

The second round of Section 6A-North softball playoffs continue today, Thursday, May 24, in Menahga. The opening game pits No. 1 seed Sebeka versus No. 4 Frazee at 2 p.m. No. 2 NY Mills will play in the later game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. against No. 3 seed Lake Park-Audubon.

The winners will face off in a 6 p.m. match-up.

Neither match-up occurred in the regular season and will provide a first look for all four teams at their opponent.

Sebeka holds the top spot in the sub-section with a regular season record of 17-4. The Trojans are 13-1 in Section 6 play. Their only loss to a 6A team was a 7-6 defeat to 6A South No. 3 seed Parkers Prairie on May 15. The loss was the only defeat in the Trojans' last 11 games.

Sebeka advanced by way of a 20-0 rout of Nevis in the opening round.

Frazee is 6-1 in Section play and 12-7 overall. The Hornets have won seven straight, their last loss coming to Menahga, by a score of 10-0 on May 12. Frazee defeated Pine River-Backus 7-5 to advance.

NY Mills defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley handily 16-5 to advance out of the first round. The Eagles have won five of six to end the season. NY Mills lost their season finale at 6A-South No. 1 seed Pillager 12-8.

Lake Park-Audubon has won six of seven games, losing last on May 15 to Bagley 6-1. The Raiders average scoring four runs less than NY Mills and will have an uphill battle to stay close to the high-scoring Eagles.

The majority of the Raiders regular season schedule occurs out of Section 6. Their only two section games this season were an 8-5 win over Menahga in Audubon Tuesday to advance to this round and an 11-1 defeat at Frazee April 10.

Today's first game is an elimination game and concludes single elimination play. Double elimination begins in the late game when both sub-sections are down to two teams each.

The final four teams in the south sub-section feature games between: No. 1 Pillager versus No. 4 Brandon-Evansville; No. 7 Ashby versus No. 3 Parkers Prairie. Both games will be played in Brandon.

Final four play will continue Tuesday, May 29 in Brandon and Menahga.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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