In today’s regular season finale, the Robins traveled to the Andover YMCA to play the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs in what turned out to be the North Conference championship game. After a slow start for both teams, the Robins broke the game open with a grand-slam from Vincent Luu in the 3rd inning, giving the Robins a 5-0 lead. As they always do, Anoka continued to chip away at the Robins lead, tying the game at 5 in the 5th inning. On a super close play at first base with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, the Anoka runner beat the ball to first base, allowing the game winning run to score, giving them the conference title and the #1 seed at State. Overall, the Robins played a great game. Cory Tesch filled in admirably for the regular starting pitcher, Sam Roles. Tesch pitched the entire game, allowing 4 earned runs while striking out 4 Anoka batters. The Robins will now have more than 2 weeks to prepare for the state tournament at Coon Rapids H.S. on June 2 & 3.
Today the Robins pounded out 29 hits and scored 17 runs in just 4 innings to complete the season sweep of Osseo, defeating the Orioles 17-1. In addition to the red-hot bats, the Robins were outstanding in the field, finishing the game with just 1 fielding error, and held the Orioles to just 3 hits. The win moves the Robins’ overall record to 7-1 with just two games remaining in the regular season. Nice win, Robins!
In a match-up of unbeaten teams, the Robins battled for a full 7 innings before falling to the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs, 11-10. This game was a back-and-forth affair from beginning to end, with both teams playing very well. The Robins scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead, but the Mustangs put up three runs of their own in the top of the seventh to earn the win. Cory Tesch, Vincent Luu, Andy Hanson, Sam Roles and Brendan Bosker-Elliott all had 3 hits each, with Hanson and Luu also recording 3 RBI each. Roles, Jordan O’Donnell, Cory Tesch and Marcus Brady all had 1 RBI. Up next for the Robins, the Lloyd Olson Invitational Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Robbinsdale Cooper High School!
The Robins PI softball team is now 2-0 after an impressive 11-0 win over the Mounds View Rams. The Robins bats took a little while to come to life and start hitting consistently, but their defense more than made up for it. The fielding was clean and crisp for all 5 innings of this game, with just 1 fielding error. Pitcher Sam Roles was outstanding with his pitch control, striking out 3 batters while allowing just 2 hits, and fielded his position very well, accounting for 10 of the 15 possible outs in this game. Brendan Bosker-Elliott swung the biggest bat for the Robins tonight, going 3-3 with 4 RBI. Cory Tesch also was 3-3 with an RBI an 2 runs scored. Also driving in runs were Izear Joiner and Marcus Brady, with 2 RBI each. Hayley Engebretsen and Madelyn Ausk were sharp at the plate, combining for 5 walks and were consistently on base for other batters to drive in. The Robins play their final home game of the year on Wednesday against Anoka-Hennepin.
Over the weekend, the Robins were hard at work at the 2017 adapted floor hockey state tournament. In the quarterfinals on Friday evening, the Robins battled back after trailing 3-0 and 4-1 to defeat the #2 ranked Dakota United Hawks, 5-4 in double overtime. On Saturday morning, against the #1 and undefeated Brainerd Warriors, the Robins struggled to do what they tend to do well and were out of sync for most of the game, falling to the eventual State Champions, 11-0. In the third place game, the Robins came to life and played their game for all three periods. They traded goals with the Rochester Raiders for the first 35 minutes before pulling away late in the final period to claim the third place trophy with a nice 7-4 win. Andy Hanson and Vincent Luu handled all of the goal scoring for the Robins, with Hanson tallying 5 goals and 4 assists, while Luu added 7 goals. Sam Roles had 3 assists, while Izear Joiner added 2 of his own. Goaltender Hayley Engebretsen played all 148 minutes of the tournament, making 94 stops, including many that turned out to be game altering against both Dakota and Rochester. Engebretsen and Hanson were named to the 2017 Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team.
The Robins PI floor hockey team finished off the regular season this afternoon with a very impressive 10-3 win over the Maple Grove Crimson. The win gives the Robins a 4-4 conference record and 4-6-1 overall. Andy Hanson was a scoring machine today, finding the back of the net 7 times to go along with 1 assist. Cory Tesch found the net 2 times while he assisted on 3 others. Izear Joiner had 1 goal and 1 assist. Vincent Luu had 2 assists, and Sam Roles and Elizabeth Neuville had 1 assist each. Jordan O’Donnell blocked 8 shots and Hayley Engebretsen made 24 saves. The Robins have secured a State Tournament berth, and will be the #3 seed from the North Conference.