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One goal reached: Weirich, Jays oust Kewpies to win district crown

Jefferson City defeated Hickman 6-2 in a Class 5 district championship game. (KRCG 13 Photo/Rod Smith)

One goal down, one very big one to go.

Look at it this way ... you couldn't win the state championship this week, but you could certainly lose it.

Not to worry.

Senior Jacob Weirich --- who built on his own school record with his 25th career win --- threw a complete-game four-hitter as the Jefferson City Jays ousted the Hickman Kewpies 6-2 in the championship game of the Class 5 District 9 Tournament on Tuesday at Vivion Field.

How sweet it is.

"If you're going to have anybody go out there and try to win a game," Jays coach Brian Ash said, "I wouldn't want anyone else but J-Dub and the team we have behind him. Obviously, Jacob's going to get most of the high fives, but it was a great team effort, for the most part."

The win was the 17th straight for the top-seeded Jays (27-2), who are ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 26 in the nation by MaxPreps. Those are lofty, heady numbers, indeed.

This senior-dominated team was supposed to win, and it did. That's not always the case ... hardly.

Ask Hillary.

"Anything can happen when you step onto a baseball field," Weirich said. "Nothing's guaranteed. So to come out here and win, even though we're expected to, it still feels good."

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