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By BROWNIE ROSE
Two Roane County teams were eliminated form the Dixie Youth AA sub-district tournament Tuesday at Rockwood while another Roane County team was one win away from winning the sub-district title.
Harriman suffered their second loss to Oak Ridge American Tuesday night, falling 14-2 to end their run through the tourney. Harriman’s first loss in the tourney was a close 5-4 to the same Oak Ridge American team on Saturday. Harriman did pick up wins against Caryville and Oak Ridge National in the tourney.
The only unbeaten team in the tourney, Kingston National, eased past Rockwood 8-5 to eliminate the Tigers in the final game of the evening.
With the win Kingston National qualified for the District 8 AA Tournament that begins Friday in Kingston. Kingston played Oak Ridge American Wednesday to see if they would enter Friday’s tournament as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
Harriman vs. Oak Ridge
Although Harriman lost by only by one run to Oak Ridge American the first time they met, they couldn’t keep pace with the Ridgers this time around.
Harriman scored their only two runs in the first inning as Oak Ridge pulled away for the 14-2 win in five innings.
Harriman’s Brycen Johnson did reach base safely on an error to lead off the game, but both Torey Patterson and Hunter Atwell followed by bouncing into fielder’s choice outs at second. Atwell eventually scored the first run when Christopher McAbee reached on an error. Ethan Wright then singled to drive in McAbee.
Harriman had few base runners in the last four innings. Hunter Webb singled in the second inning while Johnson and Patterson had back-to-back singles in the third, but could not score. Quinn Nelson also reached on an error in the fourth.
Oak Ridge scored five runs in the opening inning and put the game away with a seven-run third inning. They tacked on two runs in the fourth to create an insurmountable lead by the fifth inning.
Kingston vs. Rockwood
Quite possibly the two best defensive teams in the tourney, Kingston and Rockwood hooked up in a barn burner in the nightcap Tuesday night. The only real difference in the two teams was that Kingston had just a bit more hitting and that proved to be the difference in the game.
Kingston went on top 1-0 with a run in the top of the first inning. Levi Collins reached on an error and scored two batters later when Cooper Mays reached on an error.
Rockwood had only one base runner through the first two innings as Cassidy Tilley reached safely in the second inning.
Kingston got singles from Ben Hargis in the second and Abby Wilson in the third for their lone base runners.
Rockwood rallied with a three-run breakout in the bottom of the third inning.
Levi Crabtree reached on an error to begin the inning. After an out, Zander Price singled to score Crabtree. After the second out, Colton Kindrick singled to drive in Price then Kolby Robbins reached on an er-ror to score Kindrick.
Kingston responded to the challenge with a five-run fourth inning to retake the lead at 6-3.
Justin Neal and Tony Curry singled to begin the inning then Mays slammed a double to the outfield to drive in both runs. After a pair of outs were recorded, Ben Hargis singled to keep the inning alive then Nikolas Smith slammed a triple to deep left field that scored two runs. Jake Tipton then singled to drive in Smith from third.
Rockwood’s Marcus Hill picked up the only hit in the bottom of the inning.
Kingston tacked on another run in the fifth to extend their lead to 7-3.
Colt Clements and Cole Arden singled and then after two outs, Curry singled to score Clements.
Rockwood rallied in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to trim the lead to 7-5.
Ryan Moog and Crabtree led off with singles. After an out, Price reached on an error to score both May and Crabtree.
Kingston added an insurance run in the top of the sixth.
Forrester singled to begin the inning then after two outs were recorded, Smith and Tipton singled to push in Forrester.
Rockwood’s last chance at a rally was stopped quite efficiently by Kingston pitcher Gabe Moore. Moore handled all three put outs in the bottom of the sixth to give Kingston the win.