Eastview vs. Eagan

4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6

Eastview suffered its worst defeat of the season in a 10-0 rout on April 12. The opponent? South Suburban Conference rival Eagan.

Since that loss, the Lightning (5-4, 5-4) have held their own in a conference which seems to have a lot of parity this year, as six of the 10 teams in the league are separated by two games or fewer in the standings for third place. Eastview is caught in that logjam, meaning every game counts if it’s to break free. It also probably wouldn’t mind striking for a little payback.

Eagan, which is in second place in the league standings behind No. 4-4A Farmington, has won seven of its last eight games. The No. 7-4A Wildcats’ win streak includes a 2-1 triumph over Farmington on April 28.

When Eastview tangled with Eagan (9-2, 7-2) in the teams’ first matchup, Benjy VandeBerg and Brady Steensen were the only Lightning players to record hits. The Wildcats, meanwhile, combined for 12 hits, getting two apiece from Charlie Steffen, Griffin Fenske, Mason Amann and Alex Lachenmayer.