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AAA Jackets advance to state

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By Goose Lindsay

The Kingston AAA All-Stars didn’t come home with the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA championship, but the Jackets did accomplish enough during their four tournament games to secure a spot in next weekend’s Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament in Mount Pleasant.

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Kingston entered play on Tuesday needing a victory over Harriman to secure their spot in the state tournament and the Jackets got that victory as they downed the Blue Devils, 11-2.

Tuesday’s loss ended Harriman’s chances at a state tourney bid, but the Devils still had one game eft to play as they ended their season Wednesday evening with a 30-14 defeat at the hands of host Madisonville.

After beating Harriman, Kingston put their 7-0 postseason record on the line against Greenback, but the Cherokees proved too much for the Jackets as Greenback won the district title with an impressive 13-1 victory.

Kingston will begin state tournament play next Friday, July 29 at 3 p.m. against an opponent from West Tennessee.

Kingston 11 

Harriman 2

Harriman struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the rest of the evening belonged to the Yellow Jackets as Kingston scored the final 11 runs of the contest.

Harriman’s Noah Dickerson and Isaiah Hackworth reached safely to open the game and both would eventually score after walks to Hunter Webb, Tanner Moore and Jack Simpson.

Harriman, however, would get just two hits after the first inning as Hackworth and Spencer Moore both singled in the fifth inning.

Kingston took the lead for good Tuesday with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Landon Malenovsky doubled to start the inning and Chandler Worley singled later in the frame. Jesse Griffey, Bradley Keathley, Gavin Daniels and Trey Schulz also walked in the frame as the Jackets grabbed a 3-2 lead.

Kingston’s biggest inning came in the bottom of the second inning as six runs crossed the plate.

A pitch hit Ben Mullis to start the inning then Hunter Brackett followed with a walk. After two outs were recorded, Griffey and Keathley walked then Worley and Trevor Sexton delivered back-to-back hits before Dezm’n Davidson walked. All but Davidson scored as Kingston grabbed a 9-2 lead.

Kingston went on to score single runs in the third and fifth innings to make the final score 11-2.

Schulz singled and scored in the third inning while Malenovsky reached on an error and scored in the fifth inning.

Worley (2-3, 1 2B, 2 runs) had multiple hits on the day for Kingston.

Madisonville 30 

Harriman 14

With no chance of advancing to the state tournament, Harriman played a lot of players in a lot of different positions Wednesday evening and the result was a 16-run defeat.

Harriman still managed 14 runs during the game with seven of those coming in the second inning as Dickerson, Brandon Turpin, Quinn Nolan, Simpson, Tanner Moore, Spencer Moore and Jereliah Martin all scored runs.

Tanner Moore had the big hit in the inning as he drove in two runs with a double. Shawn Freels also had a two-run single in the frame.

Harriman added six more runs to their tally in the third inning as Tanner Moore, Spencer Moore, Nolan, Simpson, Ethan Adkisson and Martin all scored.

Dickerson had a two-run triple in the inning.

Harriman’s final run of the season came in the fourth inning as Freels tripled and scored on a ground out from Turpin.

Dickerson (2-3, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, 1 run), Freels (2-3, 1 3B, 2 RBIs, 1 run) and Nolan (2-2, 2 runs) all had multiple hits for Harriman in the loss.

Greenback 13 

Kingston 1

Kingston’s perfect postseason came to a close Wednesday evening as Greenback picked up the Dixie Youth 8 AAA championship with a 13-1 victory over the Jackets.

Greenback pitcher Tyler Cullen was the story Wednesday as he tossed a complete-game two-hitter with two walks and two hit batters past the Jackets. Cullen also had 11 strikeouts.

Greenback took the lead for good Wednesday with four runs in the top of the second inning and they added six runs in the third inning to take a 10-0 lead.

Kingston’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Keathley scored on a two-out double from Sexton. A pitch hit Keathley earlier in the inning.

Keathley had Kingston’s only other hit of the game in the first inning.

 Greenback scored their final three runs of the game in the fifth inning.