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Womack, Steele win in tourney
Elrod throws no-hitter
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The boys 9-10 junior league tournament started Monday at Sam Martin Field with a pair of blowout victories, both featuring standout pitching performances.Bryson Elrod threw a no-hitter to lead Womack Printing to a 12-1 victory over Netherton Dentistry while Braden Bottoms and Jared Scruggs combined for 13 strikeouts to help Gary Steele Karate down Enterprise 12-1.Elrod was dominant from the start against Netherton as his opponents could only hope for walks to get on base. Elrod pitched four innings without allowing a hit, though he issued seven free passes.Elrod’s lone blemish came in the third inning when he worked to a full count on four batters, but threw ball four each time. The fourth walk was issued to Ethan Hillis and he got an RBI as Cameron Chilcutt scored.Elrod forced a two-out, based-loaded pop fly to center field that Robbie Cole snagged for the final out as Womack Printing went back to the dugout looking to put the finishing touches on its first game in the double-elimination tournament.Already leading 6-1 entering the bottom of the third thanks to RBI hits by Elrod, Westen Wilson and C.J. Taylor in the second inning, Womack Printing doubled its run total to cruise to victory.Taylor Smith started the rally by drawing a walk and went to third when he was joined on the base paths by Cole and Carter Smith following singles.