Kingston All-Stars finish seventh in state

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The 2011 Dixie Youth season came to an end over the weekend for the Kingston All-Stars as the Jackets finished seventh overall at the Dixie Youth O Zone State Tournament in Sweetwater.

The Jackets would see their season end Sunday evening following a 20-1 loss at the hands of a powerful squad from Lewis County.

Kingston had kept their season alive earlier on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Fairview.

Kingston finished the 16-team tourney with an overall mark of 2-2 after defeating Dyersburg on Friday and losing to Savannah on Saturday.

Kingston vs. Fairview

Kingston never trailed Sunday afternoon, but there wasn’t much room for error in picking up the 4-3 victory.

Kingston scored three of their runs in the top of the first inning as Austin Key singled, Noah Cash doubled, Nikolas Smith doubled and Savannah Szoda singled to give the Jackets the early 3-0 lead.

Kingston pitcher Noah Cash struggled early as Fairview scored a run on two hits and two walks in the bottom of the frame.

Cash, however, quickly settled down and dominated the next two innings of play as he retired the side in order in both innings, recording six strikeouts.

Kingston looked ready to play the game open in the top of the fourth inning as Colby Nelson walked and scored on an error while Smith (walk) and Szozda (single) also reached safely with no outs. Fairview, however, worked their way out of the jam and trailed just 4-1.

Smith replaced Cash on the mound in the fourth inning and took the three-run lead into the fifth inning, but Fairview rallied for two runs on one hit, one walk and an error in the bottom of the frame to close the gap to 4-3.

Fairview also put the tying run on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Jacket catcher Colt Clements gunned down that runner trying to steal as Kingston held on for the victory.

Cash (3 IP, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks) picked up the victory while Smith (3 IP, 2 hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks) was credited with the save.

Szozda (2-3) and Christian Reel (2-3) had multiple hits on the day for the Jackets.

Kingston vs. Lewis County

Playing two games in the hot July sun seemed to take a toll on the Jackets as Lewis County rolled to a 20-1 victory.

Lewis County led just 5-1 after two innings of play, but the Panthers scored an amazing 15 runs in the top of the third inning to put the game away.

Cash scored Kingston’s lone run in the bottom of the first inning as he walked and came home on a single from Colby Nelson.

 Dalton Ray and Brandon Plemens also had hits on the day for Kingston.