The Junction City Brigade celebrated a second straight win over Barn Baseball Academy Friday night with a fireworks display at Rathert Field.
The Brigade posted a convincing 9-2 victory over Barn Baseball Academy, after 10-run ruling the team Thursday night. And the Brigade decided to give the fans some fireworks early as well. Players found themselves in an early hole, but their bats responded in an impactful way.
The fireworks began in the bottom of the first inning after starting pitcher Jacob Taylor surrendered two early first-inning runs. George Specht doubled to put runners on second and third. Two batters later, Ed Scott knocked in the two runners with a base hit to tie the game. Two batters after him, Dylan Thurber took a pitch on a hit-and-run executed perfectly by head coach Derek Francis, bringing in two more runs to put JC up 4-2.
Then it was up to the pitching to hold onto the lead. Jacob Taylor went five innings, and did not surrender any runs after his hiccup in the first inning. Ryan Brown came in to pitch a scoreless sixth. Junction City’s Thane McDaniel relieved Brown for two innings of work, fanning four batters in the process. Then, Riley Taylor came in to pitch a scoreless ninth to seal the victory for the Brigade.
It was a complete performance for the Brigade, and the team was scheduled to face the Central Missouri Shockers Saturday night. Francis said at the beginning of the season that complete performances on both sides of the diamond were rare to happen, but the Brigade seem to be playing a complete baseball game more often than not.