Junction City sweeps by Siuslaw, 18-4, 12-2

Junction City senior Jaxson Fraser clubbed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday  to power the Tigers to a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Siuslaw Vikings to close the Sky-Em League baseball regular season.

Junction City posted a pair of five-inning wins, 18-4 and 12-2.

"Defensively the team played very well," Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn said of the second game. "We had one double play in the third inning.

"Ian Sissel did a great job in leftfield.  He ran down a lot of flyballs."

The Vikings finished their season 1-14 in an all-league schedule. Junction City went 11-4 and finished second in league.

"With this being the seniors last games, I want to express my gratitude for their hard work over the past four years," Shinn said.

Fraser was 3-for-3 with two doubles, the home run and 5 RBIs in the nightcap. Trevor Trout, Kyle Fuller and Micah Rogers had two hits each.

Senior Elijah Blankenship had the only Vikings hit in the second game, leading off the top of the first inning with a double.

The Tigers pounded 16 hits in the opener, including three home runs, a triple and three doubles. 

The Vikings' Jason Garcia had a two-run single while Ian Sissel and Henry Rankin each had RBI singles. 

"I felt the boys did a great job of clawing back a bit in the fourth and fifth innings," Shinn said of the opener. "We started putting some offense together."


Senior Elijah Blankenship, who pitched the second game, earlier Friday qualified for the finals of both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the Sky-Em League championships … Blankenship also will run the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay Saturday. …

Friday was senior night for Junction City, which has 10 graduating players on a roster of 16. …

First game
SIUSLAW                000 22 — 4  4  2
JUNCTION CITY 34(10) 1X — 18 16 1
Jason Garcia, Beau Erickson (2), Clay Kramer (3) and Henry Rankin, Jason Garcia (3); Bryer Moore, Ben Heitz (5) and Jaxson Kister, Riley Sangermano (4).
HRs — Junction City: Trevor Trout, Kyle Fuller, Chris Ohman.

Second game
SIUSLAW             200 00 —  2   1  2
JUNCTION CITY 550 02 — 12  11  0
Elijah Blankenship and Jason Garcia; Nick White, Trevor Trout (1) and Jason Kister.


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