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AA Jackets eliminated from World Series

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By Goose Lindsay

The Kingston AA All-Stars made history recently by becoming the first team ever from Roane County to advance to a Dixie Youth World Series in any age group.

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The Jackets made a little more history Monday afternoon when they picked up an 11-4 victory over Dunn, NC for the first-ever victory for a Roane County team in world series play.

The rest of the trip to Florence, SC didn’t go as well for the Jackets as they dropped their opening game against Hartsville, SC on Saturday, 18-3, and they would be eliminated from play Monday evening following a 9-4 loss at the hands of West Robeson. NC.

The Jackets finished the 16-team tournament with a ninth place finish.

Kingston vs.

Hartsville, SC

Maybe it was first game jitters or the 375-mile trip to Florence, but Kingston didn’t bring their A-Game with them in their world series opener as they dropped a 15-run decision to Hartsville.

Kingston spotted Hartsville a 3-0 lead after one inning of play, but the Jackets seemed to have settled down in the top of the second inning as Luke Borum and Seth Cook scored Kingston’s first-ever Dixie Youth World Series runs.

Hartsville, however, exploded for four runs in the bottom of the frame then they outscored Kingston 7-0 in the third inning to take a 14-2 lead.

Jackson Igou singled and scored for Kingston in the top of the fourth inning, but Hartsville ended the game early with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Igou (2-2, 1 run) was the only Kingston player with multiple hits on the day for Kingston. Nathan McNelley, Austin Brackett, Braden Ferrell, Tanner McNew, C.J. Davis and Cook also had hits for Kingston in the loss.

Kingston vs. Dunn, NC

After a day of rain on Sunday, Kingston came back strong Monday afternoon with an 11-4 victory over Dunn.

Kingston never trailed Monday as they took the lead for good with six runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Forrester, McNew, Borum, Cook, Davis and Zane Ryans all scored runs for Kingston in the second inning while McNelley also had a hit.

Kingston’s lead grew to 8-0 in the bottom of the third inning as Igou, McNelley and McNew all had hits in the frame with Igou and McNelley coming around to score.

Dunn scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but they could not make a run at the Jackets as Kingston scored one run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth.

Ryans scored for Kingston in the fourth inning while Igou and McNelley scored again for Kingston in the fifth inning.

Riley Brown (1-3), Igou (2-3, 2 runs), McNelley (3-3, 2 runs), McNew (3-3, 1 run), Borum (1-3, 1 run), Cook (1-2, 1 run), Davis (1-2, 1 run), Ryans (2-2, 2 runs) and Landon Diggs (1-2) all had hits for Kingston in the victory.

Kingston vs. 

West Robeson, NC

The Jackets pounded out 11 hits Monday evening, but those hits produced just four runs as Kingston’s season ended with the 9-4 loss.

West Robeson opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning, but Kingston came back in the bottom of the inning with consecutive hits from Brown, Igou, Brackett and McNelley to pull within 3-2.

Kingston’s downfall came in the second inning as West Robeson outscored the Jackets 5-0 in the frame 8-2.

Kingston, however, battled back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning to close within 8-4. Ryans and James Young both had hits and scored runs in the inning for Kingston.

That would be all the scoring for Kingston as one run by West Robeson was the only run scored in the final three innings of play.

Brown (2-3, 1 run), Igou (2-3, 1 run), Brackett (2-3), McNelley (2-2), McNew (1-2), Ryans (1-2) and Young (1-2) all had hits for Kingston in the loss.

 Igou (6-8), McNelley (6-7), McNew (5-7) and Ryans (3-5) all hit better than .500 in the tournament for Kingston.