Playing its third game in two days, the Hickman baseball team lost 4-2 to Helias on Saturday in the championship game of the Capital City Classic in Jefferson City.
The Kewpies were coming off a 14-13 victory on Friday night over Eureka in which they came back from a seven-run deficit to score the winning run in the final inning.
On Saturday, Hickman fell behind again when the Crusaders put a run across in the first inning. The Kewpies came back with with two runs, though, and led through the third frame.
But Helias pushed across three in the fourth, an inning Kewpies coach Dan Devine Jr. described as "strange," without hitting the ball out of the infield.
From there Devine's squad couldn't get any offensive momentum, scattering four hits in the game, and were unable to get a late comeback going.
Senior Andrew Roseman pitched the whole game for Hickman and took the loss. Hickman had lost 11-8 to Helias on Wednesday in Columbia.
The defeat drops the Kewpies' record to 7-3 for the season. They will face Rock Bridge at home on Thursday.
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