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The Rockwood Tigers and Kingston Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season Wednesday evening with Kingston handing the Tigers a 13-3 setback at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.
Kingston looked in postseason form Wednesday as they made quick work of the Tigers. After a scoreless first inning, the Jackets scored 13 unanswered runs and then held on for the early-ending win.
A pair of errors jump-started Kingston’s offense as Cody Akers and Tyler Adams reached on an errors around a walk to Aaron Field to start the second inning. The Jackets then picked up three straight singles from Ben Redden, Dustin Kitts and Josh Lively to grab an early 4-0 lead.
The Jackets made it 5-0 with a run in the top of the third inning. Akers walked and scored the run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Fielden.
Kingston blew the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.
Rockwood errors again sparked the rally as Redden reached on an error and he scored when Lively reached on an error with one out. A pitch then hit Derek Basler and Jacob Caquelin followed with a single to load the bases for Preston King. King unloaded the bases quickly with a grand slam home run to right field that made the score 10-0.
Kingston wasn’t finished as Akers followed with a solo homer then Adams doubled and Spencer Boles singled before Ballard Baley drove in the final two runs of the inning with a double.
Rockwood avoided the shutout with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
A pitch hit Collin Smith to start the inning then Lucas Jolley beat out an infield single before Kyler Hagler (ground out) and Hayden Freels (single) drove in the runs.
Rockwood’s final run came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tavin Napier reached on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jared Breazeale.
Redden picked up the victory for the Jackets as he tossed three innings, allowing two hits and one walk while recording one strikeout.
Akers (2-3, HR, RBI, 3 runs) was the only player on either squad to pick up multiple hits.
Both teams now turn their attention to postseason play.
The Tigers host Tellico Plains Friday night play-in round of the District 3-A Tournament. A victory over the Bears will advance the Tigers to Monday’s double elimination round against Harriman.
Kingston also plays Friday night in the District 4-AA Tournament play-in game against Scott. A victory over the Highlanders will advance the Jackets to Saturday’s double elimination round against Alcoa.
The District 4-AA Tournament is being played at Christian Academy of Knoxville.