A night after seeing Prior Lake storm back in the seventh inning, third-seeded Chanhassen, trailing 5-4 into the final frame, seemed on track to reversing its fortune in the Section 2-4A bracket May 29.
Tying the game at five on a Minnetonka error, one out, the bases loaded, a line drive into the glove of Skipper first baseman Mitch Klass started a double play.
Extra innings. Mitch Klass catch and tag for a double play— Eric Kraushar (@ChanChaskaSport) May 30, 2019
Minnetonka 5, Chanhassen 5 (8) pic.twitter.com/hEG2hWWtqZ
One more inning.
Minnetonka, the defending section champions, scored twice with two outs in the eighth, an error off the bat of Ike Fuecker, and a RBI-single from Nick Thimsen, gave Minnetonka the 7-5 win.
Chanhassen, Metro West Conference champions for the first time this season, ended the season with an 11-11 record.
"Proud of the work of our team this season and the growth from game 1 to 22. Thank you seniors for your leadership and commitment to our program the last four years," first-year Chanhassen head coach Ross Van Hauen said.
The Storm took a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, a Jacob Mrosko hit-by pitch and Carson Hake double setting up two runs on a fielder's choice and errant throw.
A Cade Plath two-run double down the left-field line increased the advantage to three runs.
Minnetonka rallied in the fifth, a pair of singles and a walk setting the stage for a one-out grand slam from sophomore Walter Johnson over the right-field fence, a 5-4 lead.
Thimsen was 3-for-4 with a double with Zack Zaetta adding two hits, including a double with a run in the fourth inning. Jon Rupp, replacing Hunter Wehling (hamstring) early in the game, also had an RBI-single.
Jake Zaetta threw a scoreless eighth inning for the save for Minnetonka with Ryan Lambert earning the win.
Wyatt Rudolf took a no decision for Chanhassen, fanning six batters over six innings, five runs earned.
Carson Funk and Grant Moser each had two hits for the Storm, outhit 9-6.
Tie game. E5.— Eric Kraushar (@ChanChaskaSport) May 30, 2019
Bases loaded, 1 out. Carson Funk up pic.twitter.com/5uESeQ2XPF
Minnetonka, the No. 7 seed with a record of 9-13, plays Bloomington Jefferson in an elimination game at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at Red Haddox Field.