The next out is the hardest one to get. For Chanhassen in the Section 2-4A baseball opener May 28, the final out proved to be the one that escaped the Storm.
Four hits, three walks, all with two outs, plated five runs as sixth seed Prior Lake rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win 6-5 at Storm Stadium.
A bases-loaded walk to No. 9 hitter Tyler Kelley scored the go-ahead run for the Lakers.
Jonah Hoeg started the rally with a RBI-double with two runs crossing home plate on a Sam Emmerich single at 5-4. One pitch later it was 5-5 on a sharp single from Jett Heinen into left field.
Prior Lake had three total hits over the first six innings, including one with four walks and seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames off Chanhassen starter Jacob Mrosko.
Chanhassen reliever Brian Pitz struck out the final batter of the sixth inning on a 3-2 count with a change-up to strand two Laker runners.
The Storm, the No. 3 seed in the section bracket, got off to a 3-0 lead just three batters into the first inning. A Mrosko triple was followed by a Carson Hake 393-foot homer to right-center field.
Carson Funk went back-to-back with a solo shot over the right-field fence just pitches later.
An errant pick-off throw in the second inning extended the lead to 4-0, scoring Hans Lovig from third base.
Chanhassen added what seemed like a key insurance run in the sixth inning as pinch runner Preston Willier advanced the final 90 feet on a balk.
With the loss, Chanhassen (11-10) faces an elimination game against Minnetonka at 6 p.m. at home on Wednesday, May 29. The Skippers beat the Storm 10-1 in the regular season.
EDINA 3, MINNETONKA 2
Edina scored three times in the first two innings, a 2-run homer from Lucas Flemming, defeating Minnetonka for the third time this season in a 3-2 score May 28.
The Skippers (8-13) are at Chanhassen in a Section 2-4A elimination game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.
Zach Zaetta, 2-for-4 in the loss for the Skippers, scored both runs, crossing home plate in the fourth and sixth innings. Hunter Wehling knocked in Zaetta both times, including once on a single.
Evan Maass was roughed up, allowing three hits and three runs over one-plus innings of work for Minnetonka. Sam Trypa and Ryan Lambert threw five hitless innings of relief with four total strikeouts.
In addition to the home run, Flemming went all seven innings for Edina, allowing five hits with four walks. Zaetta had a double with Isaac Fuecker and Thomas Gross each reaching base twice on a single and walk.