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Game Xchange rides defense to triumph
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In one of the best defensive efforts of the year, Game Exchange and Foust Construction played four innings of solid baseball on Dottie West Field.
Eli Kuykendall and True Craven combined for 11 strikeouts and the defensive stand made by Game Xchange did the rest. Game Exchange defeated Foust Construction, 6-2.
Foust Construction was held scoreless in the first and the fourth innings but did manage a run in the second and third innings. Game Xchange was consistent throughout with the exception of the third inning.
John Garrett drew a walk to lead the top of the first off for Game Xchange. Garrett got the green light early and he quickly stole second base and only a couple of pitches later Garrett was safely on his way to third base. A line-drive shot for a single by Bryson Elrod scored Garrett from third for the early 1-0 lead.
Elrod did not let any grass grow under his feet at first. He quickly advanced to second base. Taylor Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt for out one and Elrod moved to third base. Jathen Cagle followed suit with a sacrifice bunt of his own and Elrod showed his speed and crossed the plate for an early 2-0 lead. With two outs and the bases cleared, the final out of the inning came on a strikeout.
Foust Construction was quick to get runners on base in the bottom of the first. Raliegh Gilliam cracked a single to lead off the inning. Gilliam was quickly off to the races as well and after his efforts, Gilliam had made his way to third base. After a strikeout True Craven drew a walk and he advanced to second. Off a wild pitch Gilliam tried to score without success for the second out. A strikeout ended the inning for Foust Construction with Craven stranded.
Not much happened in the top of the second besides a monster base hit by Nate Newby. Newby was the only run production in the second and Game Xchange took its lead to 3-0.
A walk by Kayden Coates followed by batter Brayden Markum, who was hit by a pitch, had runners on for Foust Construction. Lytle Sparkman smashed a deep single and Coates scored from second for a 3-1 Game Xchange lead. Sparkman tried to stretch the base hit into a double but was picked off for the third out.
In the top of the third after two quick outs, Elrod, Smith, and Cagle each singled to load the bases, but the inning came to an end on a ground ball for out three.
Foust Construction went down in very similar fashion when they picked up two quick outs to start off the bottom of the third. Gilliam got his second base knock of the game and he immediately got his wheels on and stole second base. Kyle Johnson came up huge with a double and Gilliam motored around third and crossed home to get Foust Construction within one at 3-2 just before the third out ended the inning.
In the top of the fourth and in the heart of the lineup Eli Kuykendall crushed a pitch that sent the ball rolling to the fence and Kuykendall to third base for a lead-off triple. Newby followed up with a walk and a stolen base. Hunter Jones got in on the offense momentum with a line-drive single and scored Kuykendall from third for a 4-2 lead. Game Xchange had no outs and runners on second and third base. Foust Construction picked up back-to-back outs with runner still aboard. Back to the top of the lineup and Garrett smashed a base hit that scored both runners from second and third base and took a 6-2 lead. The final out came on the following batter.
Foust Construction was down to its final bat and it was the least productive inning. Two strikeouts started the inning off and a slow ground ball was collected and thrown to first for a one, two, three inning. Game Xchange defeated Foust Construction 6-2 on Tuesday evening.