The Hickman baseball team had a successful game offensively but could not prevent its opponent from doing the same, falling 9-7 to Francis Howell on Friday in St. Charles.
In a game that saw runs scored in every inning except the fifth, the Kewpies (7-4) were able to keep the game close in the early innings, coming back and taking the lead at one point. The Vikings busted the game open with three runs in the fourth inning, though, and had built a 9-5 lead by the end of the sixth.
Senior third baseman Aaron Tajnai hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to narrow Francis Howell's lead to two, but Hickman couldn't complete the comeback.
However, coach Dan Devine Jr. said he was happy with his team's ability to keep the game within reach.
"You know, that's one of the things I really like about our team, is that we keep giving ourselves a chance to get in ballgames, give ourselves a chance to win," he said.
Senior Jonathan Jones pitched six innings for the Kewpies and took the loss. Hickman next plays on Monday at Jefferson City.