When the Kansas City Knights scored, they seemed to do so in bunches.
The Knights put up seven runs in the second inning and five more in the sixth as Junction City fell to Kansas City, 15-9 Monday at Rathert Field. The game was called with one out in the top of the ninth due to lightning.
It was the first-ever meeting between these teams, as the Knights are new to the Mid-Plains League. They replaced the franchise formerly in Eudora.
Junction City starter Cade Peters pitched a scoreless first inning, quickly retiring all three batters he faced. But he failed to get out of the second, as Preston Allerheiligen drove in two runs on a single, and Marcus Irving hit a three-run home run. Peters was lifted after allowing a long foul ball down the right field line to Martin Rodosevic, one that missed being a home run by a matter of feet.
The Brigade continued to show their power stroke, however. In the bottom half, trying to erase a 7-0 deficit, Tanner Griffin hit a two-run shot and one batter later, Rustin Hiebert homered to cut the Knights’ lead to 7-3.
The Brigade got within two in the bottom of the third, when Grady Davenport hit a two-run single and Will Jordan drove in a run on a single. But that was the closest Junction City would come to erasing Kansas City’s lead, as the Knights added a run in the fourth before exploding for five runs in the sixth. Will Hayes, Will Powell and Max Helweg all had RBI hits in the inning for the Knights.
Junction City would score three of its own in the bottom half of the sixth, however, as Blake Burrows doubled home a run, and Carson Sader and Aaron Samaniego drove in runs on groundouts.
Burrows led the way for Junction City with two hits and a run, and Davenport had two runs. Daniel Bachura pitched 3-1/3 innings of solid relief for the Brigade, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out one.
The Brigade completed the home-and-home series with Kansas City Tuesday night, when they traveled to Kansas City. Their next game is Thursday when they host fellow Mid-Plains League newcomer Ottawa. First pitch is at 7 p.m.