For the fifth time in the eight-year history of the Mid-Plains League, the Junction City Brigade are Cowdin Cup Champions.
After losing the series opener versus Baldwin City, the Junction City Brigade battled their way back to win the next two games and clinch a spot in the Cowdin Cup Championship Series versus the Midwest A’s.
The Junction City Brigade players came into Saturday night’s final game of their series with a sweep on their mind. After strong 10-6 and 7-2 wins over Baldwin City on Thursday and Friday, the motivation behind closing the series out had just a little more to it.
The Junction City Brigade won their second-straight series over the weekend, beating the Lawrence Travelers at home on Thursday 4-3, on the road on Friday 5-0 before returning home on Saturday and dropping the sweep-clinching game 10-5.
Saturday night was very memorable for Brigade fans after Junction City had a 4-3 walk-off in game two of a doubleheader to complete a home sweep of Topeka but, after the Brigade blanked Topeka 4-0 in game, game two did not have a strong start.
Rodney Tafoya or the “Ageless Arm” as some call him could not hold off the hot bats of the Brigade, as Junction City went on to win in dominating fashion securing a 13-6 victory Saturday night.
Great defense, solid pitching, and consistent hitting throughout the lineup. The Brigade really couldn’t have asked for much better defeating the Lawrence Travelers 6-2 on Monday night at Rathert Field.
The Brigade split their weekend series versus the Sabetha Bravos (8-6, 1-2) after losing the second game in the series at Sabetha on Friday to a weather postponement. The split moves their record to 4-3 and slides them to second in the Mid-Plains League behind Baldwin City and the Midwest A’…
After losing last year to Covid-19, the Junction City Brigade are back. On Wednesday, several scores of orange and black uniforms arrived at Rathert Stadium for the first time in two years to meet Brigade fans at the team’s annual meet-and-greet social at the stadium.
Fireworks illuminated Rathert Stadium for the first time in two years Friday night marking the return of Mid-Plains League baseball to Junction City as the Brigade blew past Baldwin in their home opener, 11-3.
Brothers Trae and Thane McDaniel celebrated a Cowdin Cup championship together on Saturday night, but their next steps will be quite different.
In late May, the Junction City Brigade convened for the first time at Rathert Field. A lot entered Junction City from different backgrounds and other parts of the country, but a lot of them had similar goals for the summer.
Clinching the No. 1 seed in the playoffs has its benefits. One is that your team receives a bye, and doesn’t have to compete in a postseason game until the semi-final round. The second is that you play the worst seed remaining in the playoffs by that point. But with those elements working in…
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.
Monday was a scheduled off-day for Junction City Brigade catcher Dylan Thurber. But in the seventh inning, his number was called to enter the game and catch for new pitcher Drew Repp. And when he got to the plate, Thurber made his mark on the game. Thurber utilized his at-bat in the bottom o…
After splitting a two-game series with the Kansas City Monarchs this week, the Junction City Brigade returned to Rathert Field Friday night to face the Topeka Golden Giants. The Brigade needed a lift in their pitching and hitting, especially with the season winding down. The season is in the…
The Kansas City Monarchs visited Rathert Field Monday night with just nine players and an empty dugout. The KC team the Junction City Brigade saw on the field was what they were going to compete against for the game’s entirety.
Coming into a two-game series with Barn Baseball Academy, Junction City Brigade head coach Derek Francis stressed the importance of not sleeping on the Barnstormers. With the Midwest A’s coming into town for a doubleheader Saturday, it was crucial to not overlook the Barnstormers in preparat…
Wednesday night featured a birthday celebration at Rathert Field. Junction City Brigade head coach Derek Francis turned 26, and he was happy to see another year of being on the baseball diamond.
After taking the first two games of the series last week, the Junction City Brigade looked to sweep the Barn Baseball Academy Saturday night in front of its home crowd on Military Appreciation Night. Pitcher Jack Christian took the mound for the Brigade, and he delivered.
The Junction City Brigade celebrated a second straight win over Barn Baseball Academy Friday night with a fireworks display at Rathert Field.
Head coach Derek Francis and the Junction City Brigade wanted to get some innings out of starting pitcher Jayton Haggard Thursday night. Haggard delivered by giving them six of them; six strong ones. It was a good enough outing to give the Brigade a win in the first game of three against The…
With lightning in the area, play at the Junction City Brigade’s game Tuesday night was delayed for more than 45 minutes night against the Topeka Golden Giants. When the weather temporarily cleared up, JC pitcher Bryce Hestand took the mound and gave the Brigade another successful start in fr…
After the Junction City Brigade offense exploded for 20 runs in its last outing, the pitching took center stage in Friday night’s win over the visiting Liberty Monarchs. JC pitchers Riley and Jacob Taylor combined for a shutout in front of a well-engaged Junction City crowd at Rathert Field.
With the Junction City Brigade trailing 12-7 to the Baldwin City Blues heading into the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night, it was not a fun baseball game by any means, according to head coach Derek Francis.
Although players only had a couple practices together, and he still didn’t have a full roster at his disposal, Junction City Brigade head coach Derek Francis was happy to see his team in some live action against the Kansas City Knights Friday night.
After winning the Cowdin Cup last season, head coach Derek Francis heads into this year fielding a Junction City Brigade roster with a lot of new faces.
TOPEKA, Kan. — For the third time in six years the Junction City Brigade are the Mid Plains League Champions earning the right to bring home the Cowdin Cup.
LIBERTY, Mo. — The Junction City Brigade scored 12 runs in the first four innings and held Liberty to just four hits as the Brigade cruised to a 12-1 victory Tuesday.
Tanner Holen had three hits, and Nate McBroom pitched a complete game, as the Junction City Brigade capped a strong weekend showing with a 6-3 victory over the Midwest A's Sunday.
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.
BALDWIN CITY — Junction City came close to notching the sweep after storming back from a seven-run deficit in the second game, but had to settle for a split with the Baldwin City Blues Tuesday in a doubleheader necessitated by a rainout Monday.
Lightning in the area Monday caused the Junction City Brigade game against Baldwin City to be rained out, with a makeup doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday.
A grand slam by Aaron Samaniego in the seventh inning helped the Junction City Brigade erase a two-run deficit en route to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs, a non-league opponent, Sunday at Rathert Field.
Shohei Ohtani has made waves throughout Major League Baseball this year for being a rare two-way player in the big leagues — that is, being able to consistently pitch and hit.