In the boys 11-12-year-old league, in a matchup that literally could have gone either way, Gary Steele Karate locked horns with Custom Collision. Gary Steele Karate held a one-run lead after the third inning, but the two teams continued to tangle for five innings.
Unfortunately for Custom Collision it was too little, too late down the stretch. Gary Steel Karate posted three more runs in the fourth and the Custom Collision bats could not keep pace at the end of the fifth. Gary Steele Karate held on and defeated Custom Collision, 6-4.
Jalen Mart started the top of the first with a single through the infield for Gary Steele Karate. After a ground ball was disposed of for the first out, Will Wrisner found a hole in the defense and he singled to reach first base while Mart advanced to third. Kendall Patrick stepped to the plate and smashed an early double that cleared the bases and Gary Steele Karate held a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back outs ended the momentum and inning for Gary Steele Karate.
After a lead-off ground ball was picked up for an out, Sean Cope drew a walk for the first runner of the inning for Custom Collision. Cope stole second before Brady Pegg had the chance to hit a line-drive single through the infield and Cope scored from second and the score was 2-1 in favor of Gary Steele Karate. Pegg stole second base just before Hayden Lylte smashed a base hit which brought in Pegg and the score was locked 2-2.
Rance McBride drew a lead-off walk in the top of the second. McBride stole second and third base to set up a sacrifice bunt that scored him from third base, 3-2.
The score remained 3-2 to start the fourth.
Joey Rasori reached base off a single through the defense. Gary Steele Karate followed with back-to-back walks by Jason Brewer and McBride to load the bases. Passed balls and a few pitches that were off their mark allowed three more runs to cross by the time the final out of the inning was made. Eli Cantrell also reached on a walk before the close of the inning and the Gary Steele Karate lead grew to 6-2.
In what would be Custom Collision’s final bat, Bryan Bynum and Curtlan George reached by getting the ball through the infield. Bynum and George both would score with some aggressive base running before the end of the inning to put Custom Collision within two, at 6-4.
Time was working against Custom Collision now and defense held Gary Steele Karate scoreless although Patrick drew a walk and stole second base. He was left stranded as the third out was made.
Gary Steele Karate claimed the lead and never let it go, defeating Custom Collision 6-4.