The Junction City Brigade (0-3) looked to turn its early-season fortunes around with its first home game of the season. However, the Brigade were unable to do that, falling in seven innings 15-1 Sunday to the Kansas City Monarchs,
Junction City scored its first run in the bottom of the seventh, ignited by a Junction City native. Trae McDaniel ended up on second base after an error by the third baseman. He stole third base, then scored on a wild pitch with fellow Junction City alumnus Tim Bell at the plate. Junction City otherwise had two hits in the game – a single by Brett Fields in the third inning, and a single by Joseph Winkler in the sixth.
The Brigade were doomed by an eight-run fourth inning, one where the Monarchs sent 12 men to the plate. Sherman Thomas had a three-run double to highlight the inning. The Monarchs also scored two runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third.
Brigade starter Cameron Kay went four innings, allowing seven runs on six hits, walking five and striking out four. Hunter Little allowed seven runs in 2/3 of an inning. Bright spots on the mound, though, were Jayton Haggar and Aaron Samaniego, who each struck out two batters in one inning of work.
The Brigade resume Mid-Plains League action today when they host Liberty at Rathert Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.