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            It was a tough pill to swallow Tuesday evening as the Jaguars played one of their best games of the season but even with the valiant effort the Jags fell in their second round district game.  It was a great game to watch, with Freshmen pitcher Kolson Kruse throwing one heck of the game going six and 1/3 innings giving up one hit and only one strike out, which means the Jaguars defense came to play.  The Jaguars knew they needed to play extraordinary well defense to win and they did just that making play after play.  Kolson threw off the timing of the Kuemper bats, allowing the Jags defense to make plays for their freshmen pitcher.  Kolson came out in the 7h after reaching his pitch count which only allows freshmen to throw 90 pitches or that team would forfeit the game.  Sophomore Rhett Grandfield came into the game much like he has all season in tough situations.  Unfortunately a controversial call from the home plate umpire of a pitcher balk sent the runner from third home to give Kuemper the game winning run in the 7th inning.  It was a tough ending to a well fought game by the Jaguars whose seniors and players laid their heart on the line in a big game.

                Offense for the Jaguars was better than the other team once again but the kryptonite of the Jaguars this season was getting a timely hit which the Jaguars just could not get this game. Pitcher Kolson Kruse had one hit which got things going in the 5th inning, quickly followed by Jackson Housken who got another hit allowing the Jags to threaten to score.  Sadly the Jags with runners on second and first could not get the big hit allowing the game to be up in air.  Senior Jackson Housken had a good day for his last game of his great career getting two of the Jaguars three hits.  The Jaguars didn’t get many walks either with one walking coming off a big at bat from Sam Hanson.

                The Jaguars say goodbye to a group of seniors who have been with the program since it’s inaugural season in 2014.  Jackson Housken, Coledon Bethel, Mason Ackerson, Max Davis, Colton Kamp and Xavier Nichols finish their careers with one losing season with their four years.  The coaches are proud of the ball players and men these six players have become.  The parents and fans are proud of the way the Jags have played all season long especially this game as the Jaguars played on of their best games in the biggest game this year.

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