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Using the golden arm of Thomas Mathews and his 14 strike-outs, the Kingston Yellow Jackets buzzed past the Scott Highlanders in a decisive 8-1 victory on Friday in the opening round of the District 4-AA Tournament.
Neither team scored in the first inning, but Kingston took the lead for good with an RBI single by Mathews that brought Paul Bolden home to make the score 1-0. Bolden walked and stole second earlier in the inning.
Kingston added to its lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Cody Mitchell had an RBI single that brought in Preston Edmonds and Mitchell would later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-0.
Besides Mitchell, Edmonds and Curry had singles in the inning for Kingston.
Kingston doubled the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a sacrifice RBI from Edmonds that brought home Bolden, Dakota Henry had an RBI single that marched home Mathews, and Henry came home on a Mitchell double to make the score 6-0.
The Jackets scored their final two runs of the game in the fifth inning.
Mathews brought home Noah Cash on a RBI single while Bryce Woody brought Mathews home on a fielding error to make the score 8-0. Cash singled to start the inning.
Scott County would get out of the goose egg category in the top of the seventh on a RBI single, but drew no closer as Kingston took home the 8-1 win.
Mitchell (3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBIs, 1 run), and Mathews (3-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) were the leading hitters as Mathews (6 1/3 IP, 14 Ks, 5 walks, 2 hits, 1 ER) got credit for the win.