Foust Industries has been waiting on Thursday night’s game all season -- its first win! Earlier this week Foust Industries jumped out to a large early lead against Game Xchange, only to watch that lead slowly slip away and end in a loss.
Thursday night’s game versus Gary Steele Karate, Foust Industries finished in a very different way with a 17-5 win for the team’s first victory of the season.
In the first inning both teams were very evenly matched on offense and defense. Jason Brewer for Gary Steele Karate led the top of the first off with a walk. Jake Jones blasted a single through a hole in the infield for a base hit. After several wild pitches the base runners were in scoring position. Jalen Mart drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. The next two batters each hit ground balls for outs one and two, but managed to clear the bases and take a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Raleigh Gilliam got Foust Industries started with a base hit single. Kyle Johnson drew a walk and he and Gilliam were off and running. With the base runners on second and third, True Craven blasted a shot into the gap for a double and scored two runs for Foust Industries, the score was 3-2. Craven stole third base with Jessie Self standing at the plate. Self jumped on a pitch and launched another double into the outfield and Craven scored to tie the game at 3-3. Two ground balls scored Self and Foust led 4-3.
Gary Steele had a less than productive top of the second. All three batters were retired in order, two by strikeouts.
In the bottom of the second, Brayden Markum got the inning started with a single. Hudson O’Conner and Bailey Meeks drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Foust Industries. Back to the top of the lineup, Gilliam hit a line-drive single through the defense and Markum and O’Conner scored for a 6-3 lead. Johnson and Craven each reached first base and runs kept adding up. Two ground balls and a walk cleared the bases again for Foust Industries and they held a 10-3 lead.
Gary Steele was down but not out. Jones made a trip around the infield base pads before the final out of the inning was made, Gary Steele Karate trailed 10-4.
Foust Industries offense scored another seven runs. Markum and O’Conner each walked. Gilliam and Johnson made their way to first base and not long after made around to second and third base as well. Craven and Self also walked their way on base. Coates cleared the bases for Foust Industries. Coates scored off a ground ball that went for an out and he would be the last person to score for Foust Industries in the bottom of the third inning when Foust Industries extended its lead to 17-4.
Joey Rasori drew a walk for Gary Steele Karate in the top of the fourth. A ground ball for out one advanced Rasori down to secondand third base. A strikeout gave Foust Industries out two. Cullen Lopez got a hit and scored Rasori for a 17-5 score with one on, and one out. The final two outs came when runners were trying for extra bases but were tagged out.
The celebration began and Foust Industries got the monkey off its back and picked up its first win over Gary Steele Karate by a final score of 17-5.