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The Kingston Lady Jackets opened District 4-A play Thursday at home against Knoxville Catholic, but the friendly confines of Southwest Point didn’t help the Lady Jackets as the Lady Irish went back to Knoxville with a 10-6 victory.
Thursday’s game opened with both offenses on fire.
In the top of the first inning, Knoxville Catholic used five hits and two walks to score three runs while Kingston used three hits and two walks to score three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame.
Makenzie Spurgeon got Kingston going with a leadoff single and she scored the Lady Jackets first run on a single from Alex Aycock. Kat Butler walked in between the singles then she and Aycock scored on a two-run single off the bat of Samantha Aycock.
Briley Garrett followed with a walk and Kingston appeared headed for a big inning when Taylor Thurman ripped a line drive that was snagged and turned into an inning-ending double play.
The second inning was also rough for the Lady Jackets as they committed three errors. Those errors led to a pair of runs and a 5-3 lead for the Lady Irish.
Things settled down until both teams scored a run in the fourth inning to leave the score 6-4 in favor of Knoxville Catholic.
Garrett singled, stole second and scored on a two-out single from Taryn Underwood for Kingston’s run in the inning.
The sixth inning proved to be Kingston’s downfall. The Lady Irish turned four hits, one walk and two errors into four runs and a 10-4 lead.
To Kingston’s credit, they didn’t throw in the towel and they were close to making things interesting in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Garrett and Samantha Aycock both singled and scored on a single from Underwood. Rachel Layne followed with a single then Tara Washam scorched a deep line drive that seemed ready to cut the deficit in half, but Catholic’s centerfielder made a great play to leave the score at 10-6.
Kingston never threatened in the seventh inning.
Samantha Aycock (2-3, 2 RBIs, 1 run), Garrett (2-2, 2 runs) and Underwood (2-3, 3 RBIs) led Kingston in defeat.