Lady Jackets pick up big district win

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Homers by Butler, Snow lead Kingston past Stone, 8-5

By Nick Williams

The Kingston Lady Jackets hosted Stone Memorial Thursday night in one of the last district games of the year. Kingston came out fast in the first inning and never looked back as they took down the district powerhouse Lady Panthers, 8-5.

The Lady Jackets took the field in the first inning and kept Stone Memorial off the board playing good defense and getting good pitching from Briley Garrett.  

In the bottom of the first, the Lady Jackets got a leadoff triple from Sydney Spurgeon and a sac fly off the bat of Alison Mossing to put Kingston up 1-0. 

Kingston threatened again with two outs when Katherine Butler went deep to extend the lead to 3-0 in the first inning.  

Kingston and Stone Memorial swapped a pair of hits in the second inning and that was it as both teams were held scoreless. 

The top of the third inning started promising for Stone Memorial as they had two on base with just one out, but the Lady Jackets stood tall on defense getting a great diving catch by Mossing to end the top half of the third inning.  

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Jackets got a leadoff double from Lindsey Stickrod and she came around to score on a passed ball putting Kingston up 4-0. Kingston extended the lead again in the third inning with an RBI double of the bat of Rachel Coffey.  

Stone Memorial showed some life in the fifth as Caitlyn Regan hit a two-run double putting the Lady Panthers on the board, but in the bottom of the fifth, Morgan Snow gave Kingston some insurance going deep with a leadoff home run.  

The Lady Jackets began to pour it on in the fifth inning adding two more runs, pushing the lead to 8-2.  

Stone Memorial came up to bat in the top half of the seventh inning and tried to rally back as Casey Swafford launched a two-run blast to get Stone Memorial within three, but the Lady Jackets held off the Stone rally and won by a final of 8-5.

Kingston pounded out 13 hits on the day with Lindsey Stickrod, Snow, Butler, Coffey and Makenzie Spurgeon having two hits each while Sydney Spurgeon, Mossing and Garrett added one hit apiece.