Thane McDaniel pitched six and two-thirds innings and the Blue Jays survived a few nervous minutes in the top of the seventh to defeat the Seaman Vikings 2-1 in game one of a doubleheader at Rathert Field. Game two belonged to the Vikings as they defeated Junction City ( 10-4 ) 11-3.
In the first game McDaniel was one out away from recording a complete game shutout when he had to be removed from the game after reaching the 105-pitch count limit. Seaman ( 11-2 ) battled back to score one run and load the bases before relief pitcher Ashton Wiegand got Kaden Henley to hit a ground ball to shortstop where McDaniel had moved after being removed from the mound. McDaniel fielded the ball and completed the throw to Ty Clark at first base for the final out.
Junction City plays at Washburn Rural on Friday.