The first game Friday night on Dottie West Field had Foust Construction against Gary Steele Karate. Gary Steele Karate gained the early advantage in the first inning and never looked back. Gary Steele went on to win by a final score of 8-5.
Raliegh Gilliam led the game off with a base hit followed by a hard hit ball by Kyle Johnson. Gilliam stole third base after the single by Johnson. True Craven laid down a sacrifice bunt for an out and Gilliam scored for a 1-0 lead. Jessie Self and Will Vance singled and they were brought around by Kayden Coates for two RBIs and Foust Construction led 3-0.
Gary Steele Karate started the bottom of the second inning with Jason Brewer and a single. Brewer wasted little time and stole second base and third. Will Wrisner, Kendall Patrick, Joey Rasori, and Rance McBride put on a hit-and-run clinic in the first.
Austin Conner continued to push his teammates around the bases. By the time Foust Construction picked up the two final outs, Gary Steele Karate held a 5-3 lead.
The second inning was less than stellar from Foust Construction and Hudson O’Conner led off the inning with a single but with two stolen bases he quickly landed on third. A sacrifice-bunt scored O’Conner from third base for their only run of the inning and back to the top of the lineup, the final two outs were made to end the inning and Foust Construction trailed 5-4.
Gary Steele Karate went down in order in the bottom of the second.
Foust Construction managed to score another run in the top of the third and it came off a lead-off base hit by Self and he immediately stole second base. A double by Coates easily scored Self from second base to tie the score at 5-5 just before the final out of the inning.
Gary Steele Karate went right back to it to try and solidify the lead in the bottom of the third. Rasori started the inning off with a huge blast that landed him on third base with a stand-up triple. Conner drew a walk and Cullen Lopez was hit by a pitch. Brewer walked with two outs and bases loaded and the one run advantage made the score 6-5.
Foust Construction must have hit a wall. Gilliam was the only runner to advance to third and he would not get any further and he was left stranded, down by one.
Gary Steele Karate added two more for good measure in its final bat and held off Foust Construction for a 8-5 win Friday night.