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Chopping the competition
Taylor Smith
Jeffery Simmons photo Taylor Smith threw four strong innings to push Gary Steele Karate past Beasley's Brawlers 5-2 Tuesday in the boys 12-14 senior league tournament. The win pushed Gary Steele into the championship game, where it will meet Womack Printing Friday at the Dottie West Field.
Gary Steele Karate saw itself finish third in a three-team senior league this season, but standings flew out the window Tuesday when the single-elimination tournament started.Flamethrower Taylor Smith propelled Gary Steele Karate to the tournament finals with a 5-2 victory over Beasley’s Brawlers.Smith was lights out on the mound, throwing a no-hitter in the dominant performance. The Brawlers only had five batters reach base, all on walks – including Isaac Beasley and Brady Melton scoring on wild pitches after drawing free passes.Alex van Vuuren helped Gary Steele Karate get off to a quick start, dropping in a two-run triple in the first inning. The Gary Steele slugger drilled a 1-2 pitch from Balor Melton to the fence, sending the Brawler outfield scrambling as van Vuuren put on the burners to reach third.