BALDWIN CITY — Junction City came close to notching the sweep after storming back from a seven-run deficit in the second game, but had to settle for a split with the Baldwin City Blues Tuesday in a doubleheader necessitated by a rainout Monday.
Junction City won the first game of the doubleheader, 4-0, but fell 7-6 in the nightcap. Both were seven-inning games.
Nic Wohler allowed seven runs in the first two innings, though only two were earned. Junction City started to make a comeback in the third, when they scored three runs — one on a single by Carson Sader, and one each when Trae McDaniel and Sader each stole home. Things were quiet until the top of the sixth, when Grant Goldston led off the inning with a single, and Rustin Hiebert doubled to center. Sader would later single to right, scoring Hiebert.
In the seventh, with two outs, Hiebert singled home Aaron Samaniego, who had walked earlier in the inning. But Grady Davenport grounded out to end the game.
Sader and Hiebert each had two hits and two RBI, and Jacob Uhing, Daniel Bachura and Andrew Repp combined to pitch 4-1/3 innings of scoreless baseball.
In the first game, Cade Peters cruised through seven innings, shutting out the Blues. He walked one and struck out five. The offense, meanwhile, strung together key hits at key moments.
In the second, Joseph Winkler singled home Will Jordan, who had walked, to give the Brigade a 1-0 lead. In the third, Samaniego scored on a wild pitch. And in the fifth, Jordan singled home two runs to increase the Brigade's lead to 4-0.
Six different players had hits for the Brigade, with Samaniego and Jordan reaching base twice each. Samaniego also scored two runs.
The Brigade were off Wednesday, and continue the season with another road trip, this time to Ottawa. They open a three-game series with the 1-14 River Bandits Thursday.