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Jackets advance to region tourney

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By Brody Jones

After letting a 7-1 lead disappear and dropping their third game of the season against Alcoa on Saturday, fans of the Kingston Yellow Jackets wondered if they just weren’t meant to beat the Tornadoes.

But with their season and a berth in next week’s Region 2-AA Tournament on the line, Bruce Robinette’s squad avenged Saturday’s tough loss with a 7-1 victory over the Tornadoes on Tuesday in the District 4-AA Tournament.

With the victory, Kingston advanced to the District 4-AA title game, but that game didn’t turn out the way Kingston wanted as the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Warriors rolled to a 10-0 victory Tuesday night.

Kingston vs. Alcoa

The Kingston Yellow Jackets used a four-run fourth inning to break out of a 1-1 tie and advance to the District 4-AA title game with an impressive 7-1 win over the Tornadoes. 

Cody Akers started things off for the Jackets with an RBI single to give them a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. 

The score remained 1-0 until the Tornadoes tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third inning, but the score didn’t remain tied long as Kingston erupted for four runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Preston McKamey started the scoring with an RBI single, but the big blow of the game came next when Derek Basler ripped a two-run triple. Basler then scored on a double from Jacob Caquelin to make the score 5-1.

Kingston scored their final two runs in the top of the sixth inning when Caquelin hit a two-run homer.

Alcoa provided a scare in the bottom of the sixth with runners getting to second and third base, but after getting a runner out at home, the Jackets cruised to the 7-1 win. 

Kingston was led by Caquelin (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs), Tyler Adams (2-4) and Akers (2-4, 1 RBI). 

Akers (CG, 1 K, 4 walks, 7 hits, 1 run) got credit for the win.

Kingston vs. CAK

After beating the Alcoa Tornadoes to advance to the District 4-AA title game, the batting prowess of CAK proved too much to overcome as the Warriors took a 10-0 win en route to the championship. 

Kingston left a base runner on first to start the game but in the bottom of the first, the Warriors scored on a Joshua McMillan sacrifice RBI to make the score 1-0. 

The Jackets had the bases juiced in the top of the second, but couldn't capitalize. 

The Warriors, however, scored on a two runs off a Kingston fielding error, a walk-in run, and a solo home run by Dylan Keck to make the score 5-0. 

CAK never looked back after that as the Warriors scored three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth inning to end the game early.

The Warriors were led at the plate by Heath Hawkins (2-2, 3B, HR, 2 RBI) while Joe Johnson (CG, 1 K, 3 walks, 3 hits,) was credited with the win. 

 Kingston's hits came from Akers (1-2, 2B), Adams (1-2, 2B), and Preston King (1-3).