Junction City Relies On Defense To Get To State

By: 13 Sports
By: 13 Sports

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Junction City will make just its second appearance in school history at the 6A state baseball tournament.

The Blue Jays say defense has carried them to the post-season. Coach Heath Gerstner says the team needs to stay true to who they are as they embark on state play.

"We want to make sure we stay sharp on defense. I thought the reason we are in the state tournament is because of our excellent defense," Gerstner said. "We hit a lot of ground balls at our guys and making sure we make a lot of those plays; trying to get some good swings in."

Senior pitcher Will Ervin said the team has a lot of young players, but they don't seem to be anxious about playing on a bigger state.

"I think we’re handling it fine," Ervin said. "We’re just going to go out there, play relaxed, play our game and have fun."

Junction City faces top-seed Manhattan when play opens Thursday. The 6A state games will be played at KU's Hoglund Stadium.

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