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Jones homers in Gary Steele win
Gary Steele Karate batter Alex Jones and Game Xchange catcher Riley Morton watch as Jones crushes a pitch over the centerfield fence for a home run Tuesday night. The hit was one of many highlights for Gary Steele Karate.
Eli Kuykendall went the distance and Alex Jones went yard as Gary Steele Karate ended its season with an exclamation point Tuesday night.The karate boys were like ninjas on the baseball diamond in claiming a 12-4 victory over Game Xchange to win the boys 12-14-year-old championship at the Civic Center.Kuykendall was a gem on the mound, finishing with 13 strikeouts and only allowing one hit in pitching all six innings.He had plenty of offense to back him up, including a sixth-inning blast from Jones that sailed over the centerfield fence for his first career home run. Jones celebrated his way around the bases and received a big high-five from Sam Davidson of Game Xchange when he got to third.“When I hit it, I saw the outfielder looking up and watching it go,” said Jones. “That’s when I thought it was gone.”Other offensive stars for Gary Steele included Jake Jones with two hits, and Jason Brewer, Kendall Patrick, Will Wrisner, and Joey Rasori with one hit apiece.For Game Xchange, lead-off batter Kyle Johnson smashed a triple on his first trip to the plate in what would be the team’s lone hit.