Game Xchange played back-to-back games Tuesday night, defeating both foes and winning a shot at the McMinnville Youth League boys ages 12-14 championship game Friday night in the double-elimination tournament.
Tied 5-5 in the final inning, Game Xchange’s Alex Castaneda would score the winning run, 6-5, for the team in a real white-knuckle win over Gary Steele Karate Studio.
Game Xchange started off the night by winning its first game against Barr’s Furniture, 9-7. Game Xchange had a 10-minute break and then it was on the field again, this time against the undefeated season champs Gary Steele Karate Studio, which had a first-round bye.
Both teams started by knotting the game 2-2 in the first inning as Taylor Smith and Will Wrisner crossed home for Gary Steele and Sam Davidson and Kayden Coates scored for Game Xchange.
Game Xchange added one more in the second after Harley Hernandez got home to provide a 3-1 lead. While holding off Gary Steele’s offense, Game Xchange rallied again in the third, scoring Castaneda and Trad Grizzle.
Game Xchange could face Gary Steele again however, as its opponent Friday will be the winner of the first contest of Gary Steele vs Barr’s Furniture beginning at 7 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Center.
Barr’s and Gary Steele’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m.