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It’s hard to beat a good team three times in a season.
The Kingston Lady Jackets found out just how hard Thursday evening, as despite sweeping Stone Memorial in the regular season, the Lady Panthers ended Kingston’s season with a 2-1 victory in the District 4-AA Tournament at Alcoa.
The loss was especially hard to swallow considering the regular season district cochampion Lady Jackets had lost by the same score Wednesday against Christian Academy of Knoxville.
Kingston put runners on base in all but two innings Thursday, but they just couldn’t come up with enough timely hits to knock off the Lady Panthers.
Kingston’s first scoring chance came in the bottom of the first inning when Sydney Spurgeon and Morgan Snow walked to start the game, but both would be left stranded.
The third inning would see Snow and Rachel Coffey pick up singles, but again no runs would score.
Kingston did take a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Katherine Butler opened the inning with a homer, but the Lady Panthers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to grab a 2-1 lead.
Kingston seemed poised to tie the game or take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Butler walked, a pitch hit T.J. Wicks and Alex Aycock singled to load the bases, but a pop up and strikeout would leave the bases full at the end of the frame.
The Lady Jackets also had a runner each safely in the seventh inning, but she also would not score.