The Prior Lake Jays are trying to stay in the hunt in Section 3B standings.

Two tough home losses — 14-3 to Chaska June 28 and 12-2 to Chanhassen July 2 — will not help the Jays' cause. But there's still plenty of season left for Prior Lake to make some noise.

Prior Lake (10-4 overall, 2-4 in Section 3B) had its road game at Burnsville July 1 postponed due to wet field conditions. The Jays are at St. Peter July 7 at 6 p.m. and home to Arlington July 9 at 7:30 p.m

Prior Lake will return to Section 3B action July 16 at Eagan at 7 p.m.

In the loss to Chaska, the Jays led 1-0 going into the top of the fifth inning. But the Cubs scored three times to take the lead before adding seven more runs in the sixth.

Ben Koopman took the loss for Prior Lake, working five innings and allowing three earned runs, while striking out two. Zach Matthews allowed five runs (four earned) in one-third inning, while Ben Eisenberg gave up six runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

Zach Repinski and Mitchell Goodwin each doubled for Prior Lake in the defeat. Jeff Butler finished 2 for 4 with a run scored. Jonesey Buescher, Rob Frederick and Adam Cress each had RBIs.

Against Chanhassen, Prior Lake struggled right from the start. The Red Birds scored six runs in the first inning and added three more runs in third for a 9-0 advantage.

Sam Schlachter took the loss for the Jays, allowing six runs (one earned) in the first inning. TJ Larson worked five innings of relief, giving up four runs (one earned), while striking out seven.

Koopman worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing two unearned runs, while Brant Broderick pitched one-third of inning.

Repinski doubled and scored a run for Prior Lake. Jeff Butler had a hit and an RBI, while Frederick also had a single.

Chanhassen smacked three home runs in the victory.

The Section 3B playoffs begin Aug. 2. The winner of the Section 3B regular season title gets the automatic bid to the state tournament.

Prior Lake has not made the Class B state tournament since 2009 when the Jays were runner-up to rival Shakopee. It's been a struggle in the postseason for the Jays ever since.

Four teams from Section 3B make the state field. There are 27 teams in Class B in the state with three other sections. For more on the playoff format, go to www.mnbaseball.org.

For more on the Jays, go to priorlakebaseball.com.

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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