The clock finally struck midnight on the Blue Springs South baseball team’s Cinderella run through postseason action.

The clock finally struck midnight on the Blue Springs South baseball team’s Cinderella run through postseason action.

Raymore-Peculiar used three homers and the pitching of Dylan Donley to down the Jaguars 7-4 on a cloudy and windy Tuesday afternoon at Raymore-Peculiar High School in Class 4 sectional action.

The Jaguars took an unimpressive 11-16 mark into postseason, won three games in a row to claim a district title then wrapped up a 14-17 season with the loss to the Panthers.

“What makes this loss so tough is that it’s the final game of the season, and you just hate to say goodbye to a great group of seniors,” South coach Ben Baier said. “We played our best baseball when it counted – toward the end of the season – and we made it close today but didn’t quite have enough to pull off another big victory.”

Seth Parker, Andrew Kreiling and Kody Pruitt homered to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead going into the fifth inning when the Jaguars knotted the score at 4-all.

South’s Jared Ginter led the inning off with a single, took second on an errant pickoff attempt by Donley and eventually scored on an error by Panther catcher Garrett McKinzie.

Blake Pummill then singled and D’Andre Heggie walked. Both batters advanced on an infield out and Pummill scored Matt Olsen’s RBI groundout and Heggie tied the game at 4-all by scoring on Austin Holland’s single.

Kreiling then opened the bottom of the inning with a single, stole second, went to third on an errant throw and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

The Panthers then scored two insurance runs in the sixth on Jacob Boylan’s two-run single.

“I hated to see them get those two runs in the sixth and make it a three-run game,” said Baier, a graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School. “You can do some things to scratch out one run, but it’s tough to get three against a team like Ray-Pec.”

Chad Worman started the game for the Jaguars, allowing four runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. Jeff Lemberger then allowed the eventual game-winning run in the fifth and Jeff Smetana closed out the contest.

“Good pitching all around,” Baier said. “I was happy with all the guys. Worman gave up those home runs, but they’re a good hitting team. The relievers did a real nice job.”

Pummill finished his senior season with 46 hits, falling one shy of the team single-season record of 47 held by Brad Mountjoy and Brandon Beecher.

“Nothing flashy about Blake,” Baier said. “But when you look at his career stats, he’s there with the (Jeff) Lusardis and the (Riley) Reynolds. He wasn’t a power hitter, but he always seemed to find a way to get on base.”

Donley went the distance for the Panthers, striking out 13 and allowing five hits.

Raymore-Peculiar travels to Liberty Wednesday to play the Blue Jays.