Jackets pick up split in opener

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By Nick Williams

The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets played their season opening games on Tuesday. 

The Jackets took one on the chin, losing 7-0 to Sequoyah. The Lady Jackets, on the other hand, played a good game overall, coming away with a 7-6 win against Alcoa.

Jackets Baseball

Kingston came out in the first inning with good defense and pitching, making Sequoyah go three-up, three-down. Sequoyah, however, scored in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead despite good defense from Kingston. The Jackets started playing spotty defense and bad runner awareness that led to the Chiefs scoring two more runs in the top of the fourth.

The Jackets came up in the bottom of the fourth and threatened with two on base, but just could not get the timely hit they needed. 

Sequoyah again added to their lead in the fifth with a two-out, two-run double. 

The Jackets just could not get anything going with the bats and lost by a final of 7-0.

Heath Beatty (1-3), Ben Redden (1-2) and Paul Bolden (1-3) had hits for Kingston in the loss.

Lady Jackets Softball

After a rain out on Monday, Kingston opened their season with a huge District 4-AA contest against Alcoa on Tuesday. The Jackets started strong Tuesday and held off a late Lady Tornado rally in picking up a 7-6 victory.

The Lady Jackets had good defense and pitching in the first inning, giving up just one hit. 

In the bottom of the first, Kingston got a single from Morgan Snow to help take a 2-0 lead. 

Alcoa got a lead-off double in the second inning, which came around to score off a fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Lady Jackets threatened again in the bottom of the second, but hit into a double play to end the inning. 

Kingston added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, getting an RBI double from Rachel Coffey and a sacrifice fly from Alex Aycock to put Kingston up 4-1. Kat Butler then hit a two-run double in the fifth to extend the lead to 6-1. 

Alcoa threatened in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Lady Jackets defense held and kept Alcoa off the board.

Kingston just needed three outs in the seventh, but instead gave up a grand slam, which tied the game at 6-6. 

The Lady Jackets had one last chance to end the game and did so with a sacrifice fly from Briley Garrett to give Kingston the win 7-6.

Garrett (1-3, 1 RBI), Sydney Spurgeon (1-4), Alison Mossing (1-4), Lindsey Stickrod (1-4, 1 RBI), Snow (2-3, 1 RBI), Butler (1-2, 2 RBIs), Alex Aycock (1 RBI), Coffey (1-2, 1 RBI), MaKenzie Spurgeon (1-2) and T.J. Wicks (2-3) all contributed offensively for Kingston in the win.

 Samantha Aycock picked up the victory in the circle. Aycock had six strikeouts.