KANSAS CITY - It was a career day for Junction City Brigade catcher Rustin Hiebert, as he notched two doubles and drove in six runs as the Mid-Plains League West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars, 11-10 Thursday evening.
Hiebert was named MVP of the Mid-Plains League All-Star Game for his efforts.
Hiebert — one of six Brigade All-Stars participating — has nine extra-base hits (seven doubles, two home runs) in 31 at-bats for the Brigade this season. In the All-Star Game Thursday, with the West All-Stars already leading 3-0 in the bottom of the first, he hit a bases-clearing double off Dalen Blair, doubling the West All-Star team's lead.
After walking in the third, Hiebert stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fourth with the bases again loaded. And again, he doubled, this time down the left field line, scoring three runs. Hiebert was tagged out trying to advance to third on the play, however.
He later flied out in the sixth and walked in the eighth.
Junction City's other all-stars had solid performances as well — but another who played a key role in the West's victory was outfielder Joey Winkler. The Plano, Texas native notched a base hit in the bottom of the seventh, driving in Trayden Tamiya; that RBI would prove to be the game-deciding RBI.
Shortstop Carson Sader led off the game and had a hit and a run, walking once. Third baseman Aaron Samaniego also had one at-bat, grounding out in the eighth, but also walking once.
On the mound, Jacob Uhing came in to pitch the third inning for the West All-Stars. He allowed three hits and one run, walking none and striking out none. Fellow reliever Daniel Bachura came in to pitch the sixth, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out none.
Liberty's Roderick Criss hit an inside-the-park home run for the East All-Stars in the top of the ninth, and Midwest's Elijah Dilday had a run-scoring groundout later in the inning, but Kason Davis struck out to end the game.
Junction City is back in action this weekend as they travel to Sabetha for a three-game series with the Lobos. That's followed by games this week against the Kansas City Knights, Liberty, Midwest and Baldwin City. Wednesday and Friday's games are make-up games from the end of June when the games against Midwest were postponed due to weather.