Wins like Blue Springs South’s 7-6 Class 5 District 14 championship victory over longtime rival Lee’s Summit North usually take place only in Disney movies, fairy tales or during those rare contests when a moment galvanizes a team that simply refuses to lose.

The game featured intricate plot twists and turns by the Jaguars, Broncos and the umpiring crew.

Wednesday night at Grain Valley High School, coach Ben Baier’s Jaguars survived a controversial – but correct – call and a white-knuckle, bases-loaded situation that saw the Broncos score two seventh-inning runs before reliever Matt Cook coaxed the red-hot Gunnar Gronberg to pop out to right fielder Derek Mammen to end the game.

But let’s go back to the top of the third inning, with the Jaguars trailing 2-0. South’s Jackson Rehkow singled. Two batters later, Jared Ravencamp crushed a two-run homer deep over the left-field fence to apparently tie the score.

However, infield umpire Terry Stevens had called a balk on North starter Justin Root, which negated Ravencamp’s homer. Rule: 5-1-1K of the National Federation of High School Sports Rule Book reads: A thrown pitch is dead once a balk is called.

“I didn’t need the record book,” said Stevens, a veteran on the local baseball scene. “But it’s funny – high school baseball is the only place where that’s a dead ball. In American Legion ball, the batter has a home run.”

Somehow, the Jaguars shook it off and began the march to a memorable win – one for their coach.

“Coach talks about poise, and I think we showed it when we lost my homer,” said Ravencamp, who made an impact on his coach with a gesture Saturday that Baier will never forget (please see column on page B3). “It was the right call, but it hurt. If we get the homer, we tie the game. But we didn’t get it, so we went out and did our best to tie it some other way.”

Baier was proud of the poise his team showed.

In the leather folder he carries to every game, Baier has written at the bottom of the lineup page: The Stonecutter’s Credo. “Poise” was the topic of this game’s credo.

“Are you familiar with the stonecutter’s credo?” said Baier, after his team improved to 18-12 and advanced to next Tuesday’s sectionals against the District 13 winner. “It’s something that hangs outside the locker room of the (NBA’s) San Antonio Spurs. A stonecutter can pound and pound and pound away at a stone and nothing may happen for the first 101 times he hits the stone.

“But it might break on the 101st time he hits it. That’s our credo – keep pounding away and good things are going to happen.”

Baier didn’t bring his crystal ball, but he was right.

Trailing 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning, the Jaguars loaded the bases on a single, an error and a hit batter.

That’s when leadoff hitter and University of Arkansas commit Allante Hall crushed a triple to right-center field to clear the bases and give the Jaguars a 6-4 lead.

Ravencamp, who lost that home run in the third inning, then drove home Hall with what proved to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly to right field.

“That felt good,” Ravencamp said, “because I knew it counted.”

A sensational diving stop by third baseman Cale Sackewitz helped Matt Cook pitch out of a jam in the sixth inning, setting up a dramatic seventh inning.

With two outs, the Broncos (17-13) loaded the bases off Cook, who then walked in two runs to make it 7-6. That prompted a slow walk to the mound from Baier.

As Baier approached his senior closer, he waved off members of the infield.

“The conversation was between me and Matt,” Baier said. “I told him I took him out of our starting rotation for moments like his, and I went back to our dugout.”

Gronberg, who was 4-for-4 in the Broncos’ 10-7 semifinal win over Grain Valley, lofted a fly ball to Mammen to end the game.

“I knew I just had to throw strikes and that my defense would back me up,” said Cook, who threw two scoreless innings Monday in an 11-5 semifinal win over Blue Springs. “When Coach came out he just said that this was the moment he thought about when he moved me to the bullpen.

“I couldn’t let him down after that. When (Gronberg) hit the ball to Derek in right field, all I could think about was, ‘Let’s have a dogpile on the mound.’ And we did – and it was great!”