Section softball playoffs start Monday with a home game for Blooming Prairie. Triton goes on the road. Tuesday NRHEG opens at home and Medford hits the road.

Blooming Prairie (7-12, No. 3 seed) hosts Lyle-Pacelli (4-12, No. 6 seed) at 4PM Monday (time change), according to brackets on the Minnesota State High School League website. The Blossoms swept a pair of games from the Athletics during a late April tournament in Austin. Only two teams in Section 1A-West have a winning record. Hayfield (13-7) earned the top seed. Faribault Bethlehem Academy (13-6) is second. Winners play Friday at the higher seed.

Triton (8-12, No. 6 seed) plays at Rochester Lourdes (13-6, No. 3 seed) Monday at 5PM at Soldiers Field in Rochester. The Eagles just beat the Cobras 10-9 on May 17. Round one is single elimination. The top-ranked team in the state, Zumbrota-Mazeppa (19-1), is the top seed in 1AA-West. Winners advance to Wednesday at the higher seed.

Section 2AA softball begins on Tuesday. NRHEG (15-5, No. 7 seed) will host Maple River (5-10, No. 10 seed) at 5PM at Legions Field in New Richland. The teams split during the regular season. The Eagles won 5-2 on May 10. The Panthers won 7-4 a week later. NRHEG has won seven of their past eight games, with their one loss coming to No. 1A New York Mills. Medford (5-13, No. 13 seed) goes to Fairmont (13-5, No. 4 seed) Tuesday at 5PM. The teams did not play during the regular season. The winners play Thursday at the higher seed.

Owatonna opens the playoffs on Tuesday May 24. Section 1AAAA is double elimination.

Softball playoff schedule
Monday, May 23
Section 1A, West Subsection
No. 8 Glenville-Emmons (1-11) at No. 1 Hayfield (13-7)
No. 5 USC (3-16) at No. 4 JWP (7-10)
No. 6 Lyle-Pacelli (4-12) at No. 3 Blooming Prairie (7-12) 4PM (time change)
No. 7 Alden-Conger (2-17) at No. 2 Faribault BA (13-6)
Section 1AA, West Subsection
No. 1 Zumbrota-Mazeppa (19-1), first-round bye
No. 5 GMLOK (11-8) at No. 4 Dover-Eyota (11-9)
No. 7 Cannon Falls (2-15) at No. 2 Pine Island (16-4)
No. 6 Triton (8-12) at No. 3 Rochester Lourdes (13-6)
(First round is single elimination.)

Tuesday, May 24
Section 2AA
No. 1 Le Sueur-Henderson (17-3), first-round bye
No. 8 LCWM (11-6) at No. 9 Tri-City United (7-12)
No. 13 Medford (5-13) at No. 4 Fairmont (13-5)
No. 12 Sibley East (3-17) at No. 5 WEM (14-5)
No. 15 Blue Earth Area (2-15) at No. 2 Jordan (17-3)
No. 10 Maple River (5-10) at No. 7 NRHEG (15-5)
No. 14 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (4-16) at No. 3 St. Peter (14-6)
No. 11 Kenyon-Wanamingo (6-12) at No. 6 Belle Plaine (7-9)
(First round is single elimination.)