Ross Van Hauen and Scott Gazvoda were on the bench when Chanhassen saw a 9-1 lead fade away against Robbinsdale Cooper during the 2018 season. A 14-11 lead in the eighth inning slip away.

The potential first Metro West Conference title denied for the Storm.

So when Carson Funk squeezed the final strike off the arm of fellow senior Hans Lovig May 20 to clinch the league championship for the 2019 season, Gazvoda, an assistant on the state championship Chanhassen team, stayed around to congratulate Van Hauen, the first-year head coach.

Soak it in, Storm.

Behind four one-hit innings from Jacob Mrosko and a three-run laser over the left-center fence from Carson Hake, Chanhassen secured 24 of 28 possible points in the Metro West standings following a 7-3 win.

Like in softball, the Storm were awarded two points for each victory against a school in which they played twice, or four points against an opponent that they played once.

Tied with Kennedy with 20 points each into the final contest, Chanhassen jumped out on the Eagles with seven runs in the first four innings.

An error allowed the Storm a 2-0 lead in the first at-bats with an Andrew Mahlke fielder's choice making it 3-0 in the third inning. A passed ball on a strikeout plated a fourth run for Chanhassen.

The big blow came with two outs in the fourth inning, two runners on, as Haek's sweet swing pushed the advantage to seven runs.

Mrosko and Greg Ryun combined for six shutout innings before Kennedy tagged the Storm staff for three runs in the seventh.

Chanhassen, 11-8 into the regular season finale against Eastview May 21, may be looking at a No. 3 seed in next week's playoffs.

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