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The Kingston AAA All-Stars weren’t perfect during play at the Dixie Youth AAA West sub district tournament in Harriman, but the Yellow Jackets were mighty good as they rolled to four victories in winning the round robin championship.
The keys to Kingston’s title run were pitching and defense as the Jackets outscored their competition 27-4 in four games combined.
Kingston opened the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Rockwood Friday night. That game proved to be the Jackets closest as they blasted Spring City on Saturday, 11-1. They followed that up on Monday with a 7-0 victory over Lake City.
Kingston wrapped up the title with a 7-3 victory over Harriman on Tuesday.
Kingston now advances to the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA Tournament that starts Friday in Madisonville. The tournament will run through next week with the top two teams advancing to the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament.
Kingston vs Rockwood
Kingston’s Jesse Griffey and Rockwood’s Austin Orr locked horns in an old-fashioned pitching duel on Friday as the duo pitched identical complete-game one-hitter with three walks and 14 strikeouts.
Rockwood’s best scoring chance came in the bottom of the second inning as Orr led off the frame with a double and he was joined on the bases when Thad Jackson walked with one out, but Griffey struck out the side to get out of the jam.
Rockwood had just two runners the rest of the contest as Bailey Randolph walked in the third inning while Jequenan walked in the sixth inning.
Rockwood took the lead for good in the top of the second inning as Trevor Sexton walked with one out and eventually scored on Tiger errors.
Rockwood scored again in the third inning as Gavin Daniels avoided an out when he got out of a rundown between third and home to score the run.
Daniels walked to start the inning.
Kingston’s lone hit came in the top of the fifth inning on a leadoff double from Chandler Worley.
Kingston 11 Spring City 1
Chandler Worley tossed a complete-game no-hitter with 12 strikeouts past the All-Stars from Rhea County.
Six walks and errors led to Spring City’s lone run in the first inning.
Kingston took the lead for good with three runs in their half of the first inning as Griffey, Bradley Keathley, Worthy and Trevor Sexton all had hits in the frame for the Jackets.
The score remained 3-1 until Kingston erupted for five runs in the fourth inning. Keathley, Worthy, Dezm’n Davidson, Daniels, Landon Malenovsky and Tanner Poole all reached safely for Kingston in the frame with all but Poole coming around to score.
Kingston ended the game early with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Griffey walked, Keathley tripled, and Sexton doubled before Daniels ended the game with a two-out double.
Kingston 7 Lake City 0
After tossing individual complete-game victories to start the tournament, Griffey and Worley pitched three innings each in leading the Jackets to a 7-0 victory.
Kingston took the lead for good in the top of the second inning when Trey Schulz drove in Worley while Davidson drove in Sexton. Worley and Sexton walked to open the inning.
The Jackets blew the game open in the third inning as Ben Mullis scored when Malenovsky hit an inside-the-park home run. Keathley walked and scored later in the frame on a double from Sexton.
Kingston’s final two runs came in the fifth inning as Keathley, Chandler and Sexton strung together three straight hits to make the final score 7-0.
Kingston 7 Harriman 3
Griffey and Worley again pitched three inning each in leading the Jackets to the title. Griffey and Worley combined for 11 strikeouts in the game.
Like had been the case in the previous three games, Kingston took the lead early and never trailed.
The Jackets scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning as Malenovsky, Griffey and Worley scored while Sexton and Schulz also reached safely in the frame.
Both teams would score two runs in the second inning and another in the third to make the score 6-3.
Harriman’s runs came from Jerleijah Martin, Hunter Webb and Noah Dickerson while Daniels, Mullis and Davidson scored for Kingston.
The final run of the contest came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Griffey scored after hits from Worley and Davidson.