Third time's the charm, right?
For Bloomington Jefferson and star pitcher Hunter Day, it certainly was in a 4-3 win over Chaska in the Section 2-4A baseball opener May 28 at Athletic Park.
The Hawks beat the Jaguars 5-2 on April 19 and 8-3 on May 24; both games Bloomington Jefferson sending Day to the mound.
This time around, minus a two-run blast from Nick Olmscheid, Chaska struggled with Day's offspeed, chasing pitches in the dirt.
Scoreless through three innings, Justin Bach dominant the first time through the order for Chaska, Bloomington Jefferson benefited from a pair of two-out errors to gain a 2-0 lead.
Olmscheid's homer beyond the fence in right field, vehicles full of high school students in the ball's path, tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Just as fast as Chaska tied the game, Bloomington Jefferson went back ahead. Again with two outs, the Jaguars strung three hits together, a two-run double from Carter Beck into the right-center gap, the difference at 4-2.
Matthew Kuntz, who reached on a bunt single, taking second on an errant throw, later scored on a two-out hit from Nathan Rosenberg at 4-3.
Chaska got a runner on base with one out, a single from Kamden Larson, before Day got the final two outs, one final strikeout, to preserve the win.
Chaska (10-11) plays host to Shakopee in an elimination game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at Athletic Park. The Sabers, the No. 8 seed, lost 5-2 to Eden Prairie.