The Metro West Conference title out of reach, Chaska focused its attention on the final week of the regular season. Four games in five days, all at home at Athletic Park.
And the first one, May 20 against Minnetonka, certainly loomed large with Section 2-4A to be seeded via QRF on May 26.
And it showed in the intensity showed between the two teams.
Dugout fronts lined with players, Chaska made big plays, turning double plays to squash Minnetonka rallies in the sixth and seventh innings, in a 4-1 win.
Justin Bach went all seven innings for the Hawks, striking out five batters in scattering seven hits. The senior right-hander started a double play, home-to-first, to negate a bases-loaded opportunity for Minnetonka in the sixth inning.
A run crossing home plate on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning, Bach bared down, getting a ground ball for a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Catcher Kamden Larson has seen this type of performance every time out this season from Bach.
"It's his mentality. In the sixth inning, the bases loaded, (Justin) said who's up next, bring him up," Larson said of Bach's success, the starting quarterback in the fall and the starting goaltender in the winter.
Chaska, offensively, did its damage in the middle innings, a Will Magnuson RBI-hit down the right-field line in the fourth the first run.
Chaska added three runs in the fifth, a Larson RBI-double plating one runner, an errant throw scoring a second. Grif Wurtz came through with a two-out single through the hole for the 4-0 lead.
"My adrenaline was pumping pretty good. I was big-play ready. I just really wanted to do something to kill their momentum," said Larson of playing in the late-game tense situations.
Minnetonka got a pair of hits from Zack Zaetta and Thomas Gross with Hunter Wehling adding a double and a run scored in the seventh inning.
With games against Eden Prairie, Totino-Grace and Bloomington Jefferson left this week, Monday's result was more about playing well rather than who the Hawks were playing.
"It was a great win. We played together as a team throughout. That's something we need to continue tomorrow and the rest of the week. ... We're going to play game-by-game and see what happens," Larson said.
Chaska, 9-8 overall, in a tight pack in the middle of the section standings, has moved up its contest to 5 p.m. with Eden Prairie on Tuesday, May 21.
HOLY FAMILY 8, DASSEL-COKATO 0
Two pitchers combined for a one-hitter in Holy Family Catholic's 8-0 home win over Dassel-Cokato May 20 in Victoria.
Bryce Richter struck out four batters over five shutout innings with Casey Gess recording the final six outs for the Fire.
Jacob Konz, Eric Rinzel, Danny Reddan, and Richter each collected two hits for Holy Family Catholic, which scored five runs in the first inning.
The regular season finale is at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, against Hutchinson in Victoria.
SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN 15, WATERTOWN-MAYER 7
A 4-4 tie game in the sixth inning, Southwest Christian scored 10 times, finishing with 17 total hits, in a 15-7 road win at Watertown-Mayer on May 20.
Aidan Fasold had four hits with Jalen Wight adding three hits and three RBIs for the Stars. Tyler Czock and Nick Forar also had three runs driven in.
Southwest Christian, with a 12-5-1 record into the playoffs, is the No. 5 seed in Section 5AA. The Stars host Minneapolis Henry at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, in Cologne.