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The Kingston and Rockwood A All-Stars put on a show Tuesday evening in Rockwood with the Dixie Youth west sub-district title on the line, and in the end, it was Kingston surviving in extra innings to capture the championship, 21-18.
Kingston and Rockwood had advanced to Tuesday’s championship game with semifinal victories on Monday. Kingston defeated Lake City, 13-5, while Rockwood defeated Harriman, 16-5.
Both teams now advance to the Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament that starts Friday at Tellico Plains. The tourney is a round robin tournament with five teams.
Rockwood 16 Harriman 5
The Rockwood All-Stars advanced to Tuesday's championship game by virtue of a 16-5 win over Harriman Monday evening.
Rockwood's first three runs came in thanks to hits by Preston Schisler, Joseph Summers and Trystan Butler. The lead was doubled in the top of the third on hits by Peyton Witter, Butler and Ezekiel Lower.
The floodgates opened in the top of the fourth when Rockwood had two runs each driven in by Witter and Summers while Jordan McCallie and Ayden Moore each added an RBI to make the score 12-0.
Harriman got within 12-5 on a two-run hit by Isaiah Selvidge along with RBIs from Aaron Ferguson, Ryan Lowery and Tanner Ryans. Keegan Butler, McCallie, Evan Lankford and Moore all drove in the final runs for Rockwood to take the 16-5 win.
Kingston 13 Lake City 5
Kingston punched their ticket to the championship game with an impressive 13-5 win over Lake City.
Kingston took a 6-1 lead in the first inning on a three-run hit by James Lane, a two-run hit by Ben McCracken and an RBI by Hayden Barnett.
The lead was increased to 12-2 in the second inning with another three-run hit by Lane, a two-run hit by Aaron Layne, and an RBI by Blake Herrell.
The game ended at 13-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a walk-off homer by McCracken.
Kingston 21 Rockwood 18
Not even the late "King of Pop" could have come up with a "thriller" this good as Kingston held off Rockwood in extra innings after giving up a 10-run lead to take a 21-18 win.
Kingston started fast and furious with five runs in the top of the first, two each were brought in by Ben McCracken and Blake Herrell while Carson Ladd had an RBI single.
Rockwood got a run in on a Sailor Pressley hit before Kingston beefed up the lead to 8-3 in the second inning when Cooper Brackett had a two-run hit and McCracken had another RBI. Evan Lankford and Ayden Moore each scored with hits for Rockwood.
Kingston got out to a 13-3 lead after a two-run hit by Kaiden Gurney along with RBIs from Ashton Stone, Hayden Barnett and Tyson McAmis.
Rockwood responded with six runs of their own when Brody Summers had a two-run hit while Trystan Butler, Ezekiel Lower, Keegan Butler and Jordan McCallie all scored to make the score 13-9.
Rockwood cut the lead down to 16-14 in the fourth as James Lane, Stone and James Ashcraft brought in Kingston's runs while Lower had a two-run hit while Joseph Summers, Presley and Butler each added runs for Rockwood.
Kingston padded the lead to 17-14 in the fifth inning on a Ben McCracken RBI, but Rockwood tied things up in the bottom of the sixth inning on RBI hits by Joseph Summers, Butler and Lower tying the game up at 17-17.
Kingston responded authoritatively with a four run seventh inning on the strength of a two-run hit by McCracken along with RBIs from Layne and McAmis.
Schisler scored the lone run for Rockwood in extra innings to make the final score 21-18.