Lakers season ends in heartbreak

The Lakers Robbie Hoffman had a leadoff double and later scored in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Crusaders came back to pull out a 3-2 win in the Class 4, District 10 semifinal game at Camdenton.

The Lakers Robbie Hoffman had a leadoff double and later scored in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Crusaders came back to pull out a 3-2 win in the Class 4, District 10 semifinal game at Camdenton. Photo by Mike Anthony.

Camdenton lefty Andrew House carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and was just six outs away from lifting the Lakers into the district title game. Instead, the junior was tagged with a 3-2 season-ending loss to the Helias Crusaders.

The Lakers appeared to get an insurance run in their half of the sixth when Robbie Hoffman led off with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cory Simpson, and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

The Crusaders then got their first hit of the game on a line shot into left field off the bat of Jeremy Braun. An infield hit by Zach Backes, an RBI sacrifice fly by Trevor Schnieders, and a basehit by Logan Gaines off the glove of the diving Tyler Hills in centerfield tied the score at 2-2 giving the Crusaders a new life and the momentum heading into the seventh inning.

The Lakers were retired in order leading to the dramatic ending in the bottom of the seventh.

The inning for Helias started with Blake Monson being hit by a pitch. Brandon Erwin then laid down a bunt to the right side which was bobbled by reliever Cory Simpson. A wild pitch by Simpson was followed by an intentional walk bringing Braun back up.

Braun promptly hit an easy bouncer to the left side for what appeared to be a force out at home and the beginning of a double play. The throw was on target and in plenty of time but the ball popped out of catcher Jake Vorhees' glove allowing the winning run to score for Helias.

For Camdenton, the loss brings the season to an end while the Crusaders advance into the district title game Thursday against Lebanon.

Gametime, weather permitting, is set for 5 p.m.

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