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The Kingston Lady Jackets softball team was hoping that by Wednesday evening they would have locked down a berth in next week’s Region 2-AA Tournament.
Kingston, however, would have to wait at least 24 hours to earn that region berth as the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Lady Warriors claimed the first of two region berths from District 4-AA following a 2-1 victory over the Lady Jackets.
Despite the loss, Kingston was still in position to claim the region berth on Thursday with a win over Alcoa or Stone Memorial.
The Lady Jackets had opened District 4-AA Tournament play on Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over Alcoa.
Kingston vs. Alcoa
Two big innings were the difference as the the Lady Jackets rolled to a 10-0 victory over the Lady Tornadoes.
The first big inning came in the second as Kingston send 12 batters to the plater with seven coming around to score. All seven came with two outs as Alex Aycock started the assault with a bases loaded double that brought home Katherine Butler, Briley Garrett and Alison Mossing. Sydney Spurgeon, Morgan Snow, Lindsey Stickrod, Butler and Garrett then reached in succession as Kingston’s lead grew to 7-0. Garrett delivered the other big hit in the inning with a two-run single.
The Lady Jackets finished their scoring with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Snow started the scoring in style with a solo homer before Stickrod doubled and Butler singled. T.J. Wicks then drove in two runs with a two-out single.
Snow (2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 runs) and Butler (2-2, 1 RBI, 2 runs) had multiple hits on the day for Kingston with Garrett (CG, 2 hits, 1 BB, 5 Ks) picking up the win.
Kingston vs. CAK
Wednesday’s game between the Lady Warriors and Lady Jackets turned out to be a game of inches as Kingston was only a few feet away from possibly downing CAK in regulation or at least forcing extra innings.
CAK struck first Wednesday when Lauren Gunter launched a solo home run in the top of the second inning.
Kingston got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Alison Mossing scored on a two-out single from Sydney Spurgeon.
The Lady Jackets came close to taking a three-run lead in the inning, but a blast off the bat of Morgan Snow was caught at the fence with two outs.
The Lady Warriors regained the lead when Hannah Devault smacked a solo homer to center in the top of the fourth inning.
Kingston, however, couldn’t answer this time as they would put runners on in each of the final four innings, but none would score.
The Lady Jackets had a chance to score in the fifth inning when Snow singled and reached third with one out, but she would be left stranded. Kingston also had infield singles from Alex Aycock and Rachel Coffey in the sixth inning, but neither scored.
The most frustrating moment of the night for the Lady Jackets came in the seventh inning. After coming up just short of a three-run home run in the second inning, Snow hit a deep drive to right to lead off the seventh inning. Snow’s shot actually cleared the fence, but that didn’t stop CAK eighth grader Allison Zimmerman from reaching over the fence and pulling the ball back in for the out.
Kingston’s Lindsey Stickrod did reach safely later in the inning after being hit by a pitch, but she would not score as CAK held on for the one-run win.