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By BROWNIE ROSE
The Dixie Youth District 8A tournament in Rockwood finished up Tuesday, with Sweetwater and Kingston qualifying for the state tournament next week in Jackson.
Sweetwater knocked off Harriman 21-6 Tuesday to finish first in the tourney with a 4-0 record.
Kingston would take second place following a 20-5 win over Rockwood in the tournament’s final game.
Kingston had a 3-1 tourney record, losing only to Sweetwater Monday night.
Harriman vs Sweetwater
Harriman started the game in good shape with four first-inning runs but couldn’t keep up with Sweetwater’s firepower.
Sweetwater scored seven in the top first, but Harriman answered with four runs from Tahdarius Boyd, Riley Moore, Nick Pelfrey and Coty Smith.
Sweetwater pulled away with 13 runs in the second and third innings then added a single run in the fourth to lead at 21-4.
Harriman’s Pelfrey and Smith contributed two runs, but the team fell short. Isaiah Underwood drove in the final run.
Rockwood vs. Kingston
Kingston piled up 18 runs in the first three innings and picked up the second-place trophy with a 20-5 win.
Rockwood led briefly in the first inning with runs from Casey Bowling and Jacob Scarbrough, drove in on an Aaron Crabtree hit.
Kingston, however, quickly took control of the game with a six-run streak from Colby Raymer, Kain Collins, Jackson Puckett, Blake Woody, Ethan Melton and Grayson Woodlee.
Rockwood failed to get a hit or score in the second and third innings. Kingston scored 12 more runs in the next two innings.
Braden Wright, Kyler Huckeby, Raymer, Collins, Puckett, Woody, and Melton scored in order in the second for Kingston. Bo Baker, Walker and Lily Taylor had hits late to drive in the inning’s last few runs.
In the third, Colby Johnson, Huckeby, Collins, Puckett and Woody scored.
Rockwood had a little fight left in them, with Bowling, Scarbrough and Crabtree scoring in the fourth.
Kingston got the early-ending win with two runs in the bottom fourth. Taylor scored, and Wright had the final hit to drive in Johnson with the game-ending run.