What a thrill: Jays punch ticket to Final 4 for second straight year

The Jefferson City Jays advanced to the Class 5 Final Four for the second straight year with an 8-2 win over Kickapoo. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- The thrill of victory ... there really is nothing quite like it.

Especially when you've had a bullseye on your back the size of the State Capitol since Day One.

When you're expected to be great ... and you achieve greatness. What a feeling. And do it so convincingly.

Opponents have simply become bugs on the windshield of this Jefferson City baseball machine.

The Jays made it back-to-back trips to the Final Four on Thursday, as Devin Franks and Grant Wood both belted three-run homers to spark Jefferson City to an 8-2 win over the Kickapoo Chiefs in the Class 5 quarterfinals before a loud, energetic, overflow crowd at Vivion Field.

Feel the thrills, feel the chills.

"It feels so great," Franks said after extricating himself from the post-game celebration pile. "And the thing that feels so great about all of this is that we knew from the start of the season expectations were going to be high, because of what we did last year and having seven or eight returning seniors.

"We've achieved what we wanted to achieve and we're not stopping now. We're going to keep going and we're going to get a state title for this town."

Two more wins would earn just the second state baseball championship for this program, a program which has had a solid program for a long, long time.

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