In the final regular season home game for the Junction City Brigade, the ball was in the hands of ace pitcher Riley Taylor Sunday night. Taylor has had plenty of success in front of the JC crowd at Rathert Field, and he had another good outing. It turned out to be one of his best games of the year.
Taylor only went four innings in the game, but he struck out nine Kansas City batters in the process. The most trouble he faced came in his final inning, when the Knights were threatening with bases loaded and one out. Taylor responded in a big way by sitting down the next two batters on strikes, escaping the inning with the shutout still intact. With Taylor’s pitch count at 83 after four innings, coach Derek Francis dove into his bullpen to finish out the game.
Jacob Gilbert, Jayton Haggard and Nic Swanson combined to keep the shutout going for the Brigade, and keep the Knights off the scoreboard. The Knights were limited to just four hits on the night.
The Brigade notched five hits in the game, with Carson Sader and Blaze Brothers combining for four of those. The other hit came courtesy of Adam Becker, who brought home one of his two RBIs in the first inning on a single.
The Brigade have first place in the Mid Plains League all locked up, and will await a playoff matchup that will be announced later this week.