Post 5 heading to Zone Tourney, eyeing rare berth in state

Post 5 will take part in the Zone Tournament this weekend. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- It's really no surprise these guys are winning this summer.

It's what they do every spring, after all.

Spring after spring after spring ... especially this spring.

Thanks to the Jefferson City Jays, they have the state championship hardware to prove it.

"There's a lot of good talent in this area," Jefferson City Post 5 head coach Curt Vaughan said. "When you take the better players from JC, Helias, Blair Oaks and Fatima (and one from Fulton, Devin Masek) we have plenty of talent on this team.

"That's not a problem. The hard part is getting them to figure out that they're not all going to hit in the 3 hole like they did for their high school team. We have five kids who did that, so it's been a tough adjustment for some of the guys. But they've come along the last few weeks ... they've bought in pretty well."

Like last week, when Post 5 (21-7) brushed aside Columbia by a combined score of 26-7 in the best-of-three series to win the two-team district. Jefferson City will now face St. Charles in the Zone Tournament that starts Thursday in Washington, with the four Zone winners advancing to the State Tournament next week in Sedalia.

There's a lot more to this team than the talented Jays, including several players from a Helias team that advanced to the quarterfinals before getting ousted by eventual state champion, Aurora, for the second straight year.

Blair Oaks was beaten Helias in a 16-inning district championship classic, while another good season for Fatima ended with a loss to eventual state champion South Callaway in the district finals.

In other words, these are good players from good teams and when you put them all together, well ... they win, it's what they do.

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