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story.lead_photo.caption Jefferson City's Brayden Whittle leaps to catch a throw as Battle's Sean Keene ducks on his way to third base during a game Tuesday at Vivion Field. Photo by Jason Strickland / News Tribune.

The Battle Spartans had seen enough of Jefferson City senior Joe Hoerchler.

The Jays' No. 3 batter rocketed a two-RBI double to left-center field in his first at-bat and cleared the fence in left field in his second time at the plate.

After that, Hoerchler was allowed to just stroll to first base.

"He got some on the inside part of the plate, something he could handle," Jefferson City coach Kyle Lasley said following Tuesday's 5-4 defeat in eight innings against Battle on Senior Night at Vivion Field. "He's had a lot better approach in last week or so. He just has to keep working at it and we've got to get everybody to follow suit."

Hoerchler's solo shot in the third put the Jays ahead 3-2.

Battle took the lead back in the fourth. Austin Nickell scored when Garrett Bever reached safely on a throw that took the first baseman off the bag.

Jackson Huskey, who hit a solo home run to left field to tie the game at 2 in the third, followed with a swift ground ball down the left-field line.

Huskey slid in safely to second base and the ball bounced away from the bag, allowing Bever to score for a 4-3 lead.

Huskey finished just a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two RBI.

Jefferson City turned a leadoff hit by pitch into the tying run in the sixth.

Tanner Schmitz sacrificed Wyatt Fischer to second base with a bunt and Brayden Whittle drove him in with a ground ball down the left-field line for a single. Fischer slid just past the tag for

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