Junction City Blue Jay baseball split a doubleheader with Hayden at Rathert Field. The Blue Jays won the first game 3-2 but lost the nightcap 19-18.
The second contest featured some of he wildest baseball games in Blue Jays history. After leading 5-3 through 4 innings, Hayden tallied 11 runs in the 5th to take a 14-5 lead.
Many teams would have quit, but the Blue Jays fought back for 6 runs of their own to get within 14-11. Hayden got two more in the 6th, and Junction City would score four, making it a 16-15 Wildcat lead heading into the final frame.
The cold temperatures and the misty rain made pitching conditions very difficult for both teams, who saw dozens of walks combined. Every single JCHS batter who stepped to the plate walked at least once, and 8 of the 9 Wildcat hitters walked as well.
In the 7th, Hayden would score three additional runs, and JCHS would score three with just one out. Trailing by one, with runners on second and third, a strikeout and a groundout would end the game just one play away from tying or taking the lead.
JCHS is now 9-5 on the season and will host Manhattan next Friday.
The Lady Jay softball doubleheader at Hayden that was scheduled Friday was rained out. It will be made up on Monday in Topeka.
Lady Jay soccer fell to Seaman 7-0 on Friday night at Al Simpler Stadium.