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Stop the presses
Gary Steele snaps Womack Printing winning streak
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Womack Printing was the last undefeated team left in the boys 9-10 junior league when action started at Sam Martin Field Tuesday night. When the lights went out, no team was left without a loss.
Gary Steele Karate knocked Womack Printing from the ranks of unbeaten with a 10-6 victory. Gary Steele took over third place by improving to 3-2 while Womack Printing dropped to 5-1, one spot ahead of 4-1 Enterprise.
Gary Steele jumped out to a big lead, scoring seven runs in the first two innings, then let starting pitcher Braden Bottoms carry the team to victory. Bottoms struck out the side in each of the first four innings and totaled 13 Ks before giving way to Jared Scruggs in the top of the fifth.
Womack Printing made a late charge, scoring five runs in the fifth, but it was too late as Gary Steele had too much of a cushion thanks to its powerful offense.
Curtlan George was the cataylst in the first and second innings. George’s single to start the game provided immediate offense as he stole second and third, then scored on a double by Jalyn Mart. Scruggs and Bottoms would follow with RBI doubles of their own, making it 3-0 after the first inning.
After Bottoms got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the second with a two-out strikeout, Gary Steele went back to work. After back-to-back outs to begin the inning, George started a two-out rally by drawing a walk.
Mart followed with another RBI double to make it 4-0. Run-scoring hits by Scruggs, Bottoms and Dante Elam extended the lead to seven going into the third.
Womack Printing scored its first run when C.J. Taylor was hit by a pitch and proceeded to steal three bases, but Gary Steele came back with three runs in the third to seal the deal.
Mart tripled with two outs in the third, leading to Gary Steele rallying once again. Scruggs knocked in his third run with another single to extend his team’s lead to 8-1.
After Bottoms got his third hit, Elam connected on a two-run single which brought both his teammates around to make it 10-1.
Womack Printing took advantage of walks and a bases-loaded double by Bryson Elrod to score five runs in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to rally and extend the team’s perfect season.
Westen Wilson took the loss for Womack Printing, pitching into the second inning before Wyatt Wilson took over. Taylor finished the game on the mound for Womack Printing.
Taylor, Elrod and Bryan Bynum had one hit each for Womack Printing.
Bottoms, Scruggs ad Mart finished with three hits each for Gary Steele Karate. Elam added two hits while George finished with one.
In other junior league action Tuesday, Quality Mold defeated Netherton Dentistry 8-5.
Briley Moore earned the victory for Quality Mold and added two hits, which tied for the team lead with Dawson Waldron. Quality Mold improved to 3-3 with the win.
David Netherton and Jackson Sauer finished with two hits apiece for Netherton Dentistry, which dropped to 0-6.
Junior league action continued last night at Sam Martin Field, but results were unavailable at press time.