Goldsten homer

Grant Goldsten (right) is congratulated by Joseph Winkles (left) after hitting a home run in the second inning of a game June 8, 2018. The Brigade won that game, 11-5, then won the nightcap, 11-1. 

UPDATE: Brigade wins nightcap, 11-1

Junction City scored in five of the first six innings en route to an 11-1 victory over Sabetha in the nightcap of a doubleheader Friday.

The Brigade scored a run in each of the first three innings – a sacrifice fly from Tanner Holen in the first, a home run by Parker Dunn in the scond, and an RBI double by Grady Davenport in the third. Then, they added two in the fourth, an RBI double by Carson Sader and another run scoring on an error by the second baseman.

All the while, starter Andrew Repp kept the Lobos off base. He didn’t allow the hit until the fourth inning, and didn’t allow a run until the sixth. He struck out five.

After the Lobos’ run in the top of the sixth, the Brigade unloaded for six runs in the bottom half. Carson Sader drove home Blake Burrows, who reached on an error. Aaron Samaniego followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Dunn singled in two runs, and Will Jordan followed with an RBI single. Another run scored on a balk.

Repp finished by pitching six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Daniel Bachura pitched a scoreless seventh.


Grant Goldston and Aaron Samaniego powered the Junction City Brigade offense early, and Christian Rawlings pitched three innings of solid relief, as the Brigade knocked off Sabetha, 11-5, in the opener of a doubleheader Friday at Rathert Stadium.

Goldston helped Junction City erase a 2-0 deficit in the first inning. After leadoff batter Joseph Winkles walked, Goldston slammed a home run to center field to tie the game at two. Then, in the second, after Sabetha retook the lead, 3-2, Goldston responded with a two-RBI single to give Junction City a 4-3 lead. Samaniego, meanwhile, followed with an RBI single, and Tanner Griffin also added an RBI single in the inning.

Sabetha would add a run in the top of the third, and then things went quiet for a while. Rawlings relieved starter Josh Mapel in the top of the third, and despite the run, held the Lobos in check for the next three innings. He ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing hits to the first two batters he faced, but buckled down, getting two groundouts and a strikeout.

Samaniego added a crucial insurance run in the bottom of the fourth, when he lifted a single that fell between the second baseman and right fielder, scoring Goldston, who was on second. Samaniego advanced to third on the throw, but was stranded as Griffin struck out and Gary Davenport grounded out.

Junction City added three runs in the fifth; Trae McDaniel had an RBI single, Winkler drove in a run on a groundout, and Brett Fields scored on a wild pitch. Then, in the six, Blake Burrows hit a pinch-hit home run to center.

Goldston was 3-3 with three RBI and two runs. Samaniego had two hits, two RBI and a run scored. Mapel pitched two innings, allowing three runs on three walks and one hit.

See for a full recap of the second game of the doubleheader.

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