Alex Wattermann

Alex Wattermann started for Prior Lake in the Lakers' 5-4 loss at top-seeded Eden Prairie May 31 in the winners bracket final at Round Lake Park.

The Prior Lake baseball team's late comeback fell short this time.

Top-seeded Eden Prairie held off the sixth-seeded Lakers May 31 in the winners bracket final at Round Lake Park, earning a 5-4 victory.

Prior Lake won its first two playoff games with late-inning comebacks, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh at third-seeded Chanhassen May 29 to earn a 6-5 win and overcoming a 4-1 deficit at second-seeded Edina the next day for a 7-4 victory.

Prior Lake (12-11 overall) will get Edina again on the road June 3 in an elimination game at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to the title game June 4 where it will have to beat the Eagles twice to claim the crown. A second game, if necessary, is June 5.

In the loss to Eden Prairie, Prior Lake was down 5-1 going into the top of sixth inning before fighting back. 

Senior Jack Murray singled with one out and came into score on junior Aaron Gordon's double. Gordon came into score on junior Henry Emmerich's single.

Down two runs in the top of the seventh, seniors Sam Tanner and Alex Wattermann led off the frame with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice put them in scoring position, the Eagles got an RBI groundout and a ground out to end the game.

Wattermann started and took the loss, working 4 1/3 innings and allowing five runs. Senior Ben Eisenberg pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts.

Gordon finished 1 for 2 with two runs scored, while junior Jett Heinen had an RBI.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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