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Jackets cruise past Bobcats, 10-0

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Three Kingston pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout Friday evening as Bruce Robinette’s Yellow Jackets downed visiting Oliver Springs, 10-0, at Southwest Point’s Legion Field.

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Spencer Boles started the game and pitched the first two innings. Boles allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five in his time on the mound.

Jared McGill came on in relief  and pitched the next two innings. McGill allowed two hits and had four strikeouts.

Ben Redden finished off the Bobcats in the fifth inning. Redden allowed two walks, but picked off both runners. Redden also had a strikeout.

Oliver Springs did have a pair of scoring chances against the Jackets on Friday.

In the top of the first inning, Alex Kelley singled with two outs then Matt Tinker walked, but both runners were left stranded when Boles ended the inning with a strikeout.

Oliver Springs also threatened in the top of the fourth inning as Kelley and Tinker opened the frame with back-to-back singles. However, a failed suicide squeeze attempt helped kill the rally.

Kingston took the lead for good Friday with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Leadoff hitter Cody Akers opened the game with a line drive double and he scored on a two-out single from Preston King. King scored one batter later on a double from Aaron Fielden.

The Jackets made it 5-0 with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.

King reached on an error with one out and he moved up a base on a single from Fielden. Both runners would then score on a single from Derek Basler.

Josh Banken walked and scored the third run of the inning. McGill drove in Banken with a two-out double.

Kingston blew the game open with a four-run fourth inning. 

Akers opened the inning with a screaming line drive over the center field fence.

Jacob Caquelin followed with a walk then Redden singled before King drove in a run with a double.

Fielden followed with an infield single that drove in a run then Basler drove in the final run of the frame with a fielder’s choice ground out.

Kingston ended the game early with a run in the fifth inning.

Akers singled and scored the run on a two-out double from King.

Akers had a great day for Kingston, going 4-4 with two doubles, a home run, one RBI and three runs scored.

King (3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 runs) and Fielden (3-3, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 run) also had multiple hits for Kingston.

Kelley went 2-2 to lead the way for Oliver Springs.

 Oliver Springs closes out the week with a game at Grace Christian Academy on Thursday while Kingston will play at a tournament in Lenoir City on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.