Hurts so good: Dampf hit by pitch to push across game-winner for Helias

Helias and Blair Oaks players shake hands after Tuesday night's game. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- It's called taking one for the team.

At least Matt Dampf took it in the right spot.

Dampf took one squarely on his business end --- fittingly enough in the bottom of the seventh inning --- for a walk-off hit-by-pitch as the Helias Crusaders edged past the Blair Oaks Falcons 4-3 on Tuesday at the Legion Complex.

It hurts so good --- unless you were on the wrong end of it.

"I feel for my guys ... losing that way after they'd battled all game, it's tough," Falcons coach Travis Henke said. "I've seen it several times and it's never a good feeling."

It was a game that was close throughout, and ended when the final pitch was a bit too close.

Just moments after the game ...

"He (head coach Chris Wyrick) already knows about the win," said Helias assistant Taylor Bax, who took over for Wyrick as he served a one-game suspension for Saturday's ejection, "and I'm sure he's happy about it. But he's a perfectionist ... he's going to know we made some mistakes and we'll go back to practice (Wednesday) and get it right.

"We started bad today; we weren't focused at the beginning of the game. That will come back to bite you against good teams like Blair Oaks. But you know? We fought until the end and came out on top."

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