Ariana Perez

Junction City High School softball sophomore Ariana Perez (No. 4) swings at a pitch against Washburn Rural High School Friday night at Cleary Park in Junction City.

After suffering a sweep at Seaman High School April 24, the Junction City High School softball team (0-15) returned home for its final home doubleheader of the season, as it faced Washburn Rural High School (12-3) at Cleary Park in Junction City.

Junction City lost the first game by a score of 0-18, and lost the second game by a score of 0-12.

Senior Camila San Miguel got the start in the circle for Junction City in the top of the first inning. San Miguel induced two straight outs before Washburn Rural reached first on an error. San Miguel induced a pop out to end the frame.

Junction City suffered three straight strikeouts to end the first inning.

San Miguel walked her first batter in the top of the second. She induced a pop out before Washburn Rural hit into two straight outs to end the frame.

Junior Adrianna Mullins struck out to lead off Junction City in the bottom of the second. Junior Delani List and freshman Amira Bivens also struck out to end the inning.

With one out in the top of the third inning, Washburn Rural got on base with a single. Washburn Rural scored on an RBI single during the next at-bat. With two outs, Washburn Rural added another run on an RBI double. Washburn Rural scored again on an RBI single before the frame ended.

Sophomore Iyonna Bryant drew a walk to open the bottom of the third inning. Junior Ali Vasquez struck out before sophomore Kasja Gerard hit into a double play to end the inning.

San Miguel walked her first batter in the top of the fourth inning. She hit her next batter with a pitch. With one out, Washburn Rural reached first on an error. Washburn Rural scored on a wild pitch before a home run scored three more runs. 

After the top of the fourth inning, Junction City trailed by a score of 0-7.

Sophomore Ariana Perez struck out to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Taylor Strickland and senior Samantha Shefelton also struck out to end the inning. It marked the third frame of the game at that point where Junction City's first three batters struck out.

San Miguel walked her first batter in the top of the fifth. She forced three outs to end the frame.

Mullins struck out to open the bottom of the fifth. List grounded out before Bivens was called out on a dropped third strike.

Washburn Rural opened the top of the sixth inning with two straight singles. San Miguel walked a batter to load the bases. Washburn Rural emptied the bases with an RBI double. Another run scored on a Junction City error. Washburn Rural scored a run on an RBI triple. 

Washburn Rural scored another run on an RBI double. A Junction City error scratched two more runs across for Washburn Rural. With two outs, Washburn Rural scored on an error. San Miguel walked a batter with the bases loaded to allow another run. Washburn Rural scored again on an error before the frame ended. 

Washburn Rural scored 11 runs in the sixth inning.

Junction City suffered three straight strikeouts to end the game.

Junction City head coach Aaron Craig evaluated his team's performance in the first game.

"That was probably one of the best games we've played all year. You take a team like Washburn Rural, who is a 6A State Championship caliber program. Our girls were doing some great things. We were at 0-7 heading into the sixth, and it fell apart," Craig said. 

Through six innings of work, San Miguel allowed 18 runs on 13 hits. She walked five batters and recorded one strikeout. 

Washburn Rural sophomore pitcher Kasey Hamilton recorded 15 strikeouts. Craig talked about Hamilton's performance in the first game.

"She's the most aggressive, fastest, pitcher we've seen. It's hard to replicate that in practice, no matter how much you crank up the (pitching) machine. Our girls battled. They were swinging at her pitches," Craig said.

Junction City was unable to secure a hit.

Strickland got the start in the circle for Junction City in the second game.

In the top of the first inning, Washburn Rural reached first on an error. Strickland allowed a single before Washburn Rural scored on an RBI single. Washburn Rural scored two more. With runners on first and second, Washburn Rural scored two more on an RBI single. With two outs, Washburn Rural added two more runs on two consecutive RBI singles. 

Junction City suffered three straight outs to end the first inning.

Junction City trailed by a score of 0-7. 

With one out in the top of the second inning, Strickland allowed a double. With two outs, Washburn Rural scored again on an RBI single. 

Mullins struck out to open the bottom of the second. List grounded out before Bivens struck out to end the inning.

Washburn Rural reached first on an error to open the third inning. After it hit a single, Washburn Rural scored on a sacrifice fly. With runners on second and third, Washburn Rural plated two more runs on an RBI single. 

Bryant, Vasquez, and Shefelton all struck out to end the third inning.

Junction City trailed Washburn Rural by a score of 0-11 after three innings.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Washburn Rural hit a single. The next at-bat ended the inning with an out on a fielder's choice play. 

Perez hit into an out before Strickland struck out to open the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Katherine Range drew a walk before Mullins reached first on an error. List struck out to end the inning.

Strickland induced an out to open the fifth inning. Washburn Rural hit a single before scoring on an error. 

Junction City suffered two straight strikeouts to begin the bottom of the fifth before Vasquez hit a single. Shefelton grounded out to end the game.

Through five innings of work, Strickland allowed 12 runs on 14 hits. Only three of those 12 runs were earned. Strickland recorded one strikeout. 

Craig talked about Strickland's performance.

"I think she did fine. She's still coming into her own as a pitcher. There are a lot of things that she's going to develop as she grows. It's hard to hit the spots all the time. She's doing really well. She's developing," Craig said.

Vasquez was the only Junction City player to record a hit in the game.

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