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Jackets headed to state tourney

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By The Staff

By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

The Kingston A All-Stars are making it look easy.

After cruising to five easy victories in subdistrict play, the 5-6 year-old Jackets cruised again in the Dixie Youth District 8 Tournament, winning four games by a minimum of 12 runs.

Kingston opened the round robin tournament with a 19-4 victory over Tellico Plains and they followed that with a 19-7 victory over Oak Ridge. Next was a 21-6 victory against Sweetwater and their final victory came Monday evening with a 25-8 shelling of Madisonville.

With the tournament victory comes a berth in the Dixie Youth A State Tournament that begins next Thursday in Goodlettsville.

Kingston vs.

Tellico Plains

The Jackets got off to bit of a slow start offensively against the Bears, but their defense was top notch from start to finish in the 19-4 victory.

The game was tied 2-2 after one inning of play, but Kingston started to pull away beginning in the second. Kingston outscored the Bears 7-1 in the second and third innings then the Jackets blew things open by scoring the maximum of seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. Kingston ended the game early with three runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Kain Collins (2-3, 2 runs), Joe Tipton (3-3, 1 HR, 3 runs), Austin Brackett (2-3, 2 runs), C.J. Davis (2-3, 2 runs), Jackson Igou (1-3, 1 run), Wyatt  Heidle (2-3, 1 HR, 1 run), Andrew Cofer (3-3, 2 runs), Zane Ryans (2-3, 2 runs), Blake Woody (1-3, 1 run), Nathan McNeeley (3-3, 2 runs), Mackenzie Haba (2-3, 1 run) and Riley Brown (2-2, 1 run) all had hits on the day for Kingston.

Kingston vs. Oak Ridge

The Jackets didn't score in the first inning, but that didn't matter as the boys in blue scored 19 runs over the next three innings to again end the game early.

Kingston's defense didn't allow a run through three innings of play before allowing seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

All 12 Jackets again scored runs in the victory with Collins (2-3, 1 run), Tipton (2-3, 2 runs), Brackett (2-3, 2 runs), Davis (2-3, 2 runs), Igou (2-3, 2 runs), Heidle (3-3, 3 runs), Cofer (3-3, 2 runs), Ryans (1-3, 1 run), Woody (2-2, 2 runs), McNeeley (2-2, 1 run), Haba (2-2, 1 run) and Brown (2-2, 1 run) leading the way.

Kingston vs. Sweetwater

Sweetwater gave Jacket fans a bit of a scare by scoring six runs in the top of the first inning, but the Wildcats wouldn't score again as Kingston again ended the contest early by scoring 21 unanswered runs.

Kingston scored the maximum of seven runs in both the second and fourth innings in the victory.

Collins (3-3, 2 runs), Tipton (1-3, 1 run), Brackett (3-3, 2 runs), Davis (2-3, 2 runs), Igou (3-3, 1 HR, 3 runs), Heidle (3-3, 3 runs), Cofer (3-3, 3 runs), Ryans (2-3, 2 runs), Woody (3-3, 1 run), McNeeley (3-3, 2 runs) and Haba (1-3) all had hits on the day for Kingston.

Kingston vs.

Madisonville

Kingston ended the tournament with a dominating performance against Madisonville.

The Jackets scored the maximum of seven runs in each of their first three at bats and Kingston did so by having just one batter make an out. The Jackets did cool off in the fourth inning as they scored just five runs.

Madisonville scored six runs in the first inning of play, but they managed just two runs in their final three at bats.

All 12 Jackets again scored runs in the victory with Collins (3-3, 1 HR, 3 run), Tipton (3-3, 1 HR, 3 runs), Brackett (3-3, 1 HR, 2 runs), Davis (2-3, 1 run), Igou (3-3, 2 runs), Heidle (3-3, 3 runs), Cofer (3-3, 3 runs), Ryans (2-3, 1 run), Woody (2-3, 2 runs), McNeeley (3-3, 2 runs), Haba (2-3, 2 runs) and Brown (2-2, 2 runs) leading the way.

Cofer and McNeeley reach safely in all four games.