Celebrating five seniors, it was a sophomore, Spencer Lewin, who had the big game, a six-RBI performance in Holy Family Catholic's 19-1 win over Minneapolis North in the opening round of the Section 5AA playoffs May 23 at Diethelm Park.
The Fire, the No. 2 seed, face Rockford, a 12-1 winner over Maranatha Christian/West Lutheran, on Tuesday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Top-four seeds Litchfield, Providence Academy and Glencoe-Silver Lake all advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
In total, Holy Family Catholic had 17 total hits, a three-hit game from Danny Reddan, who also collected four RBIs. Thomas Aragon Menzel also had two hits for the Fire.
Caden Pottebaum, Danny Schneider and Grant Limke combined for a two-hit shutout for Holy Family Catholic (11-6-1).
SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN 13, MINNEAPOLIS HENRY 2
An early 9-0 lead, Southwest Christian advanced to the final eight in Section 5AA with a first-round 13-2 victory over Minneapolis Henry in five innings May 23 in Cologne.
Tyler Czock and Nick Forar each collected two RBIs with Noah Beckjorden, Aidan Fasold and Cade Wiegert among offensive leaders with two hits each.
Kaden Czech struck out four of six batters faced for Southwest Christian. Forar added a 1-2-3 inning of relief with Jalen Wight striking out three batters in a short stint.
The Stars (13-5-1), the No. 5 seed in Section 5AA, are at No. 4 Glencoe-Silver Lake's Vollmer Field at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.
EDINA 4, MINNETONKA 0
Minnetonka completed the Lake Conference schedule with its seventh loss in eight contests, shutout by Edina by a 4-0 score on May 23 at Courtney Field.
Evan Maass and Garrett Synstelin combined to hold the Hornets to six hits over six innings for the Skippers.
A three-run first inning for Edina, highlight by two RBIs from Jonathan Bunce, was enough for the Hornet pitching staff, which got five shutout innings from Lucas Flemming.
Walter Johnson collected a three-hit night for Minnetonka (7-12), which concludes the regular season with Maple Grove at home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24.
EDEN PRAIRIE 6, CHASKA 4
A 2-1 deficit when the game was resumed May 23 at Round Lake Stadium, Eden Prairie tied the contest, scoring three times in the sixth inning to finish off a 6-4 win over Chaska.
Nick Kivi earned the win in relief for the Eagles with Matthew Lamberty earning the save.
Kamden Larson and Matthew Kuntz each had RBI-singles in the second inning with a Larson double and Grif Wurtz run-scoring hit tying the contest at three in the fourth inning.
Three consecutive hits with one out in the seventh inning, singles from Kuntz and Mac Born, and a double from Will Magnuson, drew Chaska within 6-4. Eden Prairie stranded the tying runs with the final two outs.
Four Chaska pitchers combined to hold Eden Prairie to eight hits with seven walks and three strikeouts.
Chaska (9-10) has a key game in terms of Section 2-4A seeding on Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. against Bloomington Jefferson.