While the Joseph High varsity baseball team was hard at work this season, the junior varsity players took adavantage of rare opportunities.
On April 16, Joseph sophomore Gavin Baynes, junior K.C. Kunkle and freshman Tyler Edison teamed up for solid pitching in a 10-7 victory over Union in a junior varsity game.
Together, Joseph pitchers recorded nine strikeouts. Baynes started the game and struck out three, and Kunkle took over in the third inning. The junior right-hander picked up four strikeouts in three innings, and Edison closed the game, getting a couple of strikeouts in the sixth and seventh innings.
"We got a lead in the first inning, and held it the rest of the game," coach Tony Gross said. "We played the younger guys - just nine of them - and it was a lot of fun to watch. They came out there really relaxed and just played the game."
The Eagles on the mound had plenty of support. Batters drilled a lot of extra-base hits and scored enough to stay ahead of Union.
This past Tuesday at Daggett Field, the varsity Eagles hosted a game in the state playoffs. They are the No.2 seed out of Special District 6. It was scheduled too late to be included in this edition of the Chieftain.