Kingston rallies past Meigs, 5-4

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By Brody Jones

 The weather may have been bitterly cold, but the action on the softball diamond at Southwest Point Thursday evening was red-hot as the Kingston Lady Jackets rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a big 5-4 win in extra innings over Meigs County.

The first inning saw the Lady Tigers leave the bases juiced, but they were unable to push across any runs. The Lady Jackets also left a runner on base in their half of the inning.

The next three innings would see little excitement on offense. Meigs County went three-up, three-down all three innings while Kingston left a base runner on first base in the second inning and on second during the bottom of the third and fourth innings.

The Lady Tigers broke up a no-hitter bid by Samantha Aycock after 4 2/3 innings following a single. The next at bat was a 3-run homer to push the Lady Tigers lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning.

Kingston’s Taylor Thurman blasted a shot out of the park of her own in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the lead down to 3-1.

The Lady Jackets tied the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Briley Garrett pushed in a run on a bunt and got on base herself. Taryn Underwood would tie the game at 3-3 on a sacrifice RBI.

The top of the seventh saw a Meigs Count attempt to score snuffed out at home plate to close out the inning. Kingston left base runners on first and second base to send the game into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth inning, Meigs County blasted a solo homer to push the lead to 4-3.

It was truly do or die time for the Lady Jackets to see what they were made of and they answered with authority. Garrett would steal home to tie the game then Thurman punched in the walk-off RBI single to take the 5-4 win.

Thurman (3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI), Kat Butler (2-4) and Briley Garrett (2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI) led the hitting brigade for the Lady Jackets as Samantha Aycock (CG, 5 Ks, 2 BBs, 4 hits, 4 ER) pitched a solid game for Kingston.  

With the victory, Kingston improves to 1-1 on the season.  The Lady Jackets had dropped a 4-3 decision at Meigs County on Tuesday.

Kingston is now off until Tuesday, March 25 when they host Clinton.