JC’s hot bats take two against Highland Park

Sophomore pitcher Bodie Tillman closes out game two against Highland Park Tuesday afternoon.

The Junction City Blue Jay baseball team swept Tuesday’s doubleheader against Highland Park.

In game one, pitcher Keaton Babcock took the mound for the Blue Jays. He had a nice, little cushion before he n stepped out there. The Blue Jays scored 10 runs in the top half of the first inning, then Babcock followed that up by sitting down the Scots in order in the bottom half of the inning. The Blue Jays continued their hot hitting with four more runs in the second inning, and Babcock struck out three batters in the bottom half of the second to put the Blue Jays up 14-0 going into the third inning. 

The game only saw one more inning as the Blue Jays ended up run-ruling the Scots by a final score of 19-2. Babcock struck out nine in the game. Senior Thane McDaniel led the Blue Jays with three RBIs on the afternoon.

Sophomore Russell Wilkey was on the mound in game two. JoJo Nieves gave Wilkey some quick insurance to start the game with a two-run home run to give the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead. JC ended up pouring in four more to bring home six runs in the top of the first inning, as Wilkey sent the Scots down in order in the bottom half. The Blue Jays led 6-0 after the first inning. JC punched in four more runs in the second to bring the score up to 10-0. 

Bodie Tillman came in to shut the door for the Blue Jays in the third inning, as JC took game two 15-0 in three innings. Matthew Whitton, Nieves and Tillman all had two RBIs apiece in game two. 

The Blue Jays are now 9-3 on the season.

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