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Homeland Bank, Gary Steele win
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Every night there seems to be a new highlight when the lights are on at the Sam Martin Field. During this year’s boys 9-10 junior league, a perfect game has been thrown, the league’s first home run in two years was hit and a triple play was turned.
Monday night’s two games in league play didn’t feature another monumental play, but another first was achieved. Behind John Garrett’s 13 strikeouts and three hits, Homeland Bank handed Enterprise its first loss, winning 9-4.
Enterprise entered Monday’s action with a chance to tie Womack Printing atop the junior league standings with a 4-0 record. Instead, Garrett dominated play to help Homeland Bank improve to 2-2 this season.
Garrett got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single to score Justin Brantley, giving Homeland Bank a 1-0 lead. Enterprise was able to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Jathan Cagle, but Garrett struck out the side to keep it 1-1.
Homeland Bank didn’t take the lead for good until the third inning, when home-run hitter Jace Brantley showed he can hit for average as well. Brantley, who homered May 9 against Farm Bureau, hit a two-run double to put Homeland Bank up 4-1 after three innings.
Garrett continued his dominance on the mound as he struck out the side in the second and fourth innings while sprinkling in two strikeouts in the third inning.
Clinging to a 4-2 lead entering the fifth inning, Garrett sparked a five-run rally with a single. Walks hurt Enterprise as Homeland Bank was able to plate five runs on five walks and a two-run single by Will Wrisner.
Alec Hobbs tried to rally Enterprise with a two-run double that scored Lytle Sparkman and Nolan Whitaker, but Garrett got the final batter looking to end the game.
Jace Brantley finished with two hits for Homeland Bank while Wrisner, Justin Brantley and Quin Goodson added one hit apiece.
Hobbs, Cagle and Ty Martin had hits for Enterprise. Martin took the loss, pitching into the fifth inning and finishing with seven strikeouts.
In Monday’s first game, Gary Steele Karate improved to 2-1 with a 7-2 victory over Quality Mold.
Jalyn Mart hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the second inning as Gary Steele took control early and never relinquished the lead.
An RBI single by Jared Scruggs and two-run double by Braden Bottoms gave Gary Steele a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Quality Mold fought back with two runs in the second when Xander Lee and Austin Connors scored on walks.
Austin Keener, Donivan Scruggs and Curtlan George got Gary Steele back on track by starting the second inning with singles, the last from George making it 4-2 when Keener came around to score.
With Scruggs and George on base, Mart came up and delivered the hit that lifted Gary Steele to victory. Mart drove the ball deep into left field and raced around for an inside-the-park home run, his first of the season.
Mart would be the final run of the game as he and Bottoms would provide solid relief work to shut down Quality Mold. Mart and Bottoms combined to close down the game as each pitched in the final two innings.
Lucas Scruggs earned the victory as he pitched two innings and struck out five. Bottoms, George and Lucas Scruggs led Gary Steele with two hits each while Mart, Keener, Donivan Scruggs and Dante Elam had one hit apiece.
Dawson Waldron took the loss for Quality Mold, which fell to 1-3. Waldron finished with six strikeouts and tied for the team lead in hits as he and Lee finished with two apiece.
Games continued at Sam Martin Field and results were unavailable at press time.