Rustin Hiebert led a consistent Brigade attack with three hits and four RBI Thursday as the Brigade rolled past the Ottawa River Bandits, 13-3.
Hiebert reached base all five times he stepped to the plate Thursday. In the second and fourth innings, he walked and scored. In the fifth, he drove in a run on a double, and later scored on Tim Bell’s RBI single. In the sixth, he doubled home two runs, and in the eighth, he doubled home Trae McDaniel, the game’s final hit as the Brigade amassed a 10-run lead and the game was called because of a run rule.
Junction City scored at least one run in all but the seventh inning. They scored two in the first on an RBI single by Carson Sader and a Grant Goldston sacrifice fly. They added one run each in the second and third, then scored two more in the fourth on Ottawa errors. In the fifth, they busted open for four runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Parker Dunn. Hiebert supplied the offense the rest of the way, adding two RBI in the sixth and one in the eighth.
Carson Rawlings started for the Brigade and allowed one run on two hits, walking two and striking out five. Jake Steinbring worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the seventh by striking out the side, all on swinging strikes.
Dunn and McDaniel each had two hits.
The three-game series continues Friday at 7 p.m.