The Centennial softball team, tailing off late in the season after a prodigious season and a half, was ousted from Section 5AAAA with a 2-2 record, and finished 17-6.
The Cougars, who hit 44 home runs the last two seasons, were held to one single in a 4-1 loss to Rogers on Tuesday that ended the season.
Centennial placed third in the state last season, with a 22-5 record, and belted 28 home runs in 27 games, and returned several of their big bats this year.
The Cougars started the 2019 season 12-1, averaging 6.9 runs, but went 5-5 rest of the way, averaging 4.2 runs. They hit 16 homers this season, most of them in the first 13 games. That’s still a lot more homers than most teams hit.
In sectionals, the Cougars lost their opener to Irondale 3-1, after beating the Knights 10-0 in conference. They stayed alive by clipping Northwest Suburban Conference rivals Spring Lake Park 6-3 and Osseo 10-0.
Against Osseo, Alyssa Montero threw a two-hitter (six innings) with eight strikeouts. CJ Jacobson was 2-for-4 (double), Julie Azure 2-for-4 (triple), and Rylie Perkins 2-for-3 (double).
Against Rogers, the Cougars could not get anything going against pitcher Grace Mammen, who gave up just one hit, a single by Abby Lohse, along with six walks, and struck out three. Montero struck out 10 and allowed six hits in taking the loss. Meaka Nowak was 2-for-3 with two RBI’s for the Royals.