In game one of the McMinnville Youth boys ages 12-14 championship tournament Friday, Barr’s Furniture played Game Xchange to start the night of the double-elimination tournament.
Barr’s started moving right away and scored 6 runs in the first inning, leaving Game Xchange digging for extra quarters in the cushions just in case.
The never-say-quit Game Xchange gang didn’t need any additional coins, having found a way to neutralize Barr’s offense, coming through and scoring 5 runs in the final 2 innings for the 9-7 victory.
Barr’s was looking good in early game play as William Gillespie, Baler Melton, Brady Melton, Dominique Kirby, Justin Turner and Alex Johnson hit for 6 runs in the first, trying to set the tone.
Game Xchange’s offense wasn’t as splashy, but they were steady as Sam Davidson and Kayden Coates scored in the first, Harley Hernandez crossed home in the second, Alex Castaneda and Trad Grizzle tallied two in the third, and it was Castaneda again who would score the winning run in the fifth.
Barr’s didn’t have an encore to their blazing start and was held to 1 more run in the second by Conner Nunley.
Barr’s Furniture will now face Gary Steele to see who plays Game Xchange for the championship game. Games begin 5:30 p.m. Friday.