If the pressure was starting to get too much, Brody Womack certainly didn’t show it. The Bob Young Nursery ace simply threw harder and got the job done.
Womack threw a complete game, striking out nine along the way, to lead Bob Young Nursery to a 7-4 championship victory over Brown Lee Ford Tuesday in the MYBS boys 11-12 senior league.
A victory looked all but assured going into the sixth inning. Bob Young Nursery had tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth to build a 7-1 lead, seemingly more than enough of a cushion for their flame thrower.
The sixth started shaky though, with Brown Lee Ford drawing three straight free passes, two coming on pay-off pitches. Corban Felton added to the drama, ripping a triple to clear the bases and bringing his squad within three.
After a quick mound visit, Womack took back control. He blew a fastball past the next batter for his ninth strikeout, then forced a groundout to get his team one out away from the championship.
A walk brought the tying run to the plate, but a looping pop up in the middle of the diamond was snagged by Aaron Templeton, starting the celebration for Bob Young Nursery.
The victory secured a sweep of the regular season and tournament titles for the group, which never trailed in the championship game.
Bob Young Nursery took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, fueled by a two-run double by Braxton Gibbs. The advantage swelled to four in the third when Jerren Harris slammed a solo shot into the parking lot.
Felton put Brown Lee Ford on the board in the fourth, reaching on a single and ultimately scoring on a passed ball.
Bob Young Nursery responded with a run of its own in the fourth, getting Trace Bouldin across on a single by Womack.
Womack and Bouldin added singles in the fifth when Bob Young Nursery scored three runs to push its lead to 7-1. It was enough to win, even with a late scare.
T-Bone Adams took the loss for Brown Lee Ford, pitching the first three innings and striking out two while allowing four runs. Sam Rivers pitched the final two innings for Brown Lee Ford, the regular season and tournament runner-up.