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Lady Jackets split games in tourney

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

One week after winning a tournament in Meigs County, the Kingston Lady Jackets were looking for their second tournament title in as many weeks over the weekend in Cookeville, but it wasn’t to be as Kingston was eliminated in the fist round of tournament play.

While dropping an 8-5 decision against Upperman in tourney play was disappointing, the Lady Jackets did play well in pool play as they won two of three games played. Kingston opened pool play with a 13-8 victory over East Robertson, but that was followed by a 3-2 loss against Trousdale County. The Lady Jackets bounced back with a 7-1 victory in their final game of pool play.

Game One

Kingston’s opening game was a shootout as the Lady Jackets downed East Robertson, 13-8.

East Robertson scored four runs in the top of the first inning, but the Jackets bounced back with 10 runs in the bottom of the frame.

Alison Mossing, Sydney Spurgeon and Lindsey Stickrod scored two runs each in the inning while Katherine Butler, T.J. Wicks, Rachel Coffey and Alex Aycock also scored for Kingston in the frame. 

After the wild first inning, neither team scored in the second inning, but business picked up again in the third.

The Lady Indians opened the inning with four runs to pull within 10-8, but Kingston answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 13-8. 

Coffey, Aycock and Mossing all scored for Kingston in the frame to give the Lady Jackets the five-run lead.

East Robertson failed to score in the fourth inning then the game was called due to its time limit.

Mossing (3-3,  1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) Spurgeon (3-3, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) and Coffey (2-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 runs) had multiple hits for Kingston in the win.

Game Two

Kingston’s second game was a scoreless tie for five innings only to see both teams pick up the pace offensively in the sixth inning with Trousdale County picking up a 3-2 victory.

Kingston’s runs came in the top of the sixth inning off the bat of Morgan Snow. Spurgeon had opened the inning with a single, and then she got to trot home after Snow blasted a two-run homer with one out.

Kingston, however, couldn’t hang on in the bottom of the frame. Trousdale County turned three hits and a walk into three runs as the game reached its time limit with Kingston trailing by one run.

Spurgeon (2-3, 1 run), Snow (1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBIs) and Coffey (2-2) provided most of the offense for Kingston on the day.

Game Three

Kingston’s best performance of the weekend came in their 7-1 victory over Dekalb County.

Samantha Aycock picked up the win for Kingston as she tossed a complete-game four-hitter with one walk and two strikeouts past the Lady Tigers.

Kingston, however, did trail 1-0 after one inning, but that deficit didn’t last long as the Lady Jackets scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Butler, Wicks, Briley Garrett, Coffey, Spurgeon and Stickrod scored the runs with the highlight hits of the inning being a pair of two-run home runs from Garrett and Stickrod.

Kingston’s final run of the game also came via the long ball as Snow homered in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the final score 7-1.

Kingston had nine hits on the day with Wicks (2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run) being the only player with multiple hits.

Game Four

The Lady Jackets and Lady Bees matched each other run-for-run until Upperman scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning and Kingston was unable to answer.

The Lady Bees scored first with a run in the top of the third inning, but Kingston got that run back in the bottom of the frame when Snow singled home Spurgeon. Spurgeon had reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the frame.

The fourth inning opened with Upperman scoring four runs, but Kingston got those runs back in the bottom of the frame.

Kingston’s rally came with two outs and Wicks on base after being hit by a pitch. Mossing was also hit by a pitch then Spurgeon drove in two runs with a single. Stickrod then hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 5-5.

Snow followed with a single, but she was left stranded at the end of the frame.

Upperman regained the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth, but Kingston couldn’t respond in the bottom of the frame as the Lady Bees ended Kingston’s hopes of winning a second straight tournament.

Stickrod (3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 run), Snow (2-3, 1 RBI) and Garrett (2-3) had multiple hits for Kingston in the loss.