OTTAWA — Behind Christian Rawlings’ 12 strikeouts and a hot start from
the offense, the Junction City Brigade cruised to an 11-6 victory over
the Ottawa River Bandits Thursday.
The win improves Junction City’s record to 11-5. As of Friday morning,
they were 1.5 games behind division-leading Topeka.
Rawlings pitched four innings and notched all 12 of his outs via
strikeout. He allowed just one hit in those shutout innings, walking
Brett Fields scored in the first inning to give Junction City a 1-0
lead, but it was the third when the offense busted out. With two outs
and a runner on, Rustin Hiebert hit his second home run of the season
to give Junction City a 3-0 lead. Then, after a pair of singles,
Parker Dunn doubled to right, scoring Grant Goldston and Grady
Davenport. Parker Base then singled home Dunn.
The Brigade then added a run in the fourth when Fields scoring on an
error, and Aaron Samaniego scored on Hiebert’s sacrifice fly.
Hiebert would later have an RBI double, and Carson Sader had two RBI
singles as the Brigade scored a run in each of the sixth, eighth and
Ottawa scored three in the fifth and three in the seventh, but never
got closer than 9-6.
Sader led the team with three hits, though five players had two hits
each. Hiebert had four RBI, and Dunn and Sader each had two.
Daniel Bachura, Jacob Uhing and Samaniego combined to pitch 2-2/3
scoreless innings to close out the game. Cameron Kay and Jessie
Steinbring each allowed three runs; Kay pitched one inning, Steinbring
pitched 1-1/3 innings.
The Brigade were in action Friday against the River Bandits, and the
series concludes tomorrow in Ottawa. The Brigade are home again Monday
when they host Midwest. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
See a box score from Thursday’s game on Page 2B.