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Game Xchange rallies for win
Game Xchange pitcher Eli Kuykendall hurls a pitch over the plate in Tuesday evenings game against Foust Construction. Game Xchange came back in the final inning to win 12-10.

Tuesday evening, Foust Construction set a blistering pace by scoring all 10 of its runs in the first inning. It was a hit-and-run clinic to say the least and Game Xchange had the chips stacked against them but the team pulled it together and the defense was up for the challenge.
Game Xchange played a near perfect game after the first inning on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively Game Xchange chipped away until the team had claimed the lead in its final at-bat. Game Xchange went on to defeat Foust Construction, 12-10, in the senior league at the Civic Center.
Game Xchange clawed and scratched its way back to tie the game at 10, and after the lengthy first at bat for Foust Construction, the defense by Game Xchange clamped down and held Foust Construction scoreless through the remainder of the game. Nate Newby and Hunter Jones led off the final at-bat for Game Xchange with a pair of walks.
After the first out was made on a ground ball, John Garrett blasted a shot right through the infield for a single and Newby and Jones scored to claim the lead at 12-10 once and for all. Garrett stole second and Taylor Smith drew a walk before the time limit was called.
Right out of the gate Foust Construction put together a spectacular first inning, an inning most coaches dream of having to start the game. Raleigh Gilliam got started with a base hit through the infield for a lead-off single. Gilliam stole second just before Kyle Johnson crushed a shot to the gap for a stand-up double, and Gilliam scored for the first run, 1-0.
True Craven was next up and he drew a base on balls. Will Vance and Kayden Coates each drew a walk and another run crossed the plate for a 2-0 lead. The bases were left loaded for Brayden Markum, who blasted a single through the infield and two more runs crossed the plate for a 4-0 lead.
Walks were a huge part of Foust Construction putting up a 10-0 lead after the first inning. After Markum’s line-drive single, Lytle Sparkman and Hudson O’Conner each drew walks. Foust Construction had been through the lineup and Gilliam started the order with a single for his second trip to the plate. Johnson drew his first walk and Craven drew his second walk of the inning. Jessie Self was the final player to reach base for Foust Construction on a single. After the third out was made Foust Construction held a 10-0 lead midway through the first. 
In the bottom of the first, Taylor Smith was able to make a round trip around the base pads for Game Xchange and the score was 10-1.
In the top of the second, Sparkman singled and O’Conner was hit by a pitch for the only offense by Foust Construction after scoring 10 runs in the previous inning.
Game Xchange was just getting heated up. Eli Kuykendall drew a lead-off walk and he immediately got the green light and stole second base. Newby jumped on a pitch and got all of it for a double that allowed Kuykendall to cross the plate for a 10-2 score. Hunter Jones and Tyler Kennedy drew their first walks of the game. John Garrett reached base and scored two more runs from a single through the infield and Foust Construction led 10-4. Smith singled and Bryson Elrod was hit by a pitch and Game Xchange was within five, at 10-5 when Garrett scored. Chance Hunter and Jathen Cagle pushed around two more runs off back-to-back singles for a score of 10-7 to end the inning.
In the top of the third, at the top of the lineup it got even worse for Foust Construction. The side was retired in order for the first time in the game. Foust Construction could not catch up to the ball anymore and midway through the third Foust Construction led 10-7.
In the bottom of the third, Game Xchange picked up two quick outs and looked as if its inning would be cut short. Garrett caught up to a pitch and drove the ball through a hole in the defense for the first hit of the inning. Garrett stole second base before Smith drew his second walk of the game. Elrod hit a line-drive single that scored Garrett and Smith and the score was 10-9. Hunter picked up a walk and Cagle blasted a single to bring in Elrod who was the tying run. Game Xchange climbed its way back to knot the score at 10, to end the third inning.
Game Xchange went on to break the tie in its final trip to the plate and defeated Foust Construction in a come-from-behind win, 12-10.