WAYNESVILLE — The Jefferson City Jays were one hit away from pulling off an improbable comeback Monday night.
The top-seeded Jays scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the tying and winning runs were stranded as the fifth-seeded Camdenton Lakers held on for a 6-5 win in the semifinals of the Class 5 District 9 Tournament.
Jefferson City ends the season with a 19-11 record.
Trailing 6-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Jays' first seven batters reached base in the inning. Two runs scored when Taylor Hopkins reached on an error, then Dawson Schulte drew a bases-loaded walk to force in another run.
Jefferson City's next batter, Joe Hoerchler, singled in another run to cut the Jays' deficit to 6-4.
Tucker Schwartz scored on a fielder's choice to make it a one-run game, and Jefferson City advanced runners to second and third base on the play. However, Camdenton ended the game with a line-drive double play to advance to the district championship game.
The Jays were held to five hits in the loss. Hoerchler had a pair of singles, while Schulte, Dawson Schuemann and Brenden Hoener each had one single.
Blake Terry was the losing pitcher for Jefferson City. In five innings, he allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Justin Wood pitched the last two innings. After scoring two runs in the fourth inning, Camdenton added four runs in the sixth against Wood to extend its lead to 6-0.
Camdenton (15-9) will play third-seeded Rolla (13-11) at 5:30 p.m. today for the district title. The Bulldogs upset second-seeded Lebanon 8-6 in eight innings in Monday's other semifinal game.