Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Cherry softball team stayed undefeated this season on Friday afternoon, beating Ely 12-0 in five innings to advance to the Section 7A semifinals.
The Tigers are looking to defend their 2011 section championship, after which they went on to finish as the MSHSL Class A runners-up.
Cherry will now take on Silver Bay in the semifinals after the Mariners beat Mesabi East 5-1 in the quarterfinal round.
The other semifinal will feature South Ridge and Carlton, after the Panthers beat Deer River 15-5 in five innings and the Bulldogs knocked off Littlefork-Big Falls 5-0.
Those four teams now enter a double-elimination format for the Section 7A championship, which will be decided May 29-31 in Cohasset.
A full Section 7A softball tournament bracket can be viewed at the Minnesota State High School League web site.
SECTION 7A SOFTBALL SEMIFINALS
#4 Carlton vs. #2 South Ridge --- May 29, 1:00 p.m.
#3 Silver Bay vs. #1 Cherry --- May 29, 1:00 p.m.