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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Fans attending Monday’s softball game between Kingston and Coalfield were treated to a good old-fashioned pitching duel between a pair of youngsters, Kingston freshman Jessica Korb and Coalfield eighth-grader Lindsey Fadnek.
The duo combined to strikeout 25 hitters on the night while giving up just seven hits, but in the end it would be the Lady Jackets from Kingston defending their home turf with a 4-1 victory.
Korb picked up the win after tossing a complete-game four-hitter with one walk and 11 strike-outs.
Fadnek was just as tough as she tossed a complete-game three-hitter with three walks and 14 strikeouts. Only one of Kingston’s runs was earned against Fadnek.
“She’s tough,” Kingston head coach Mike Neal said about the Lady Jacket eighth-grader. “We heard she was good before the game and tonight she came out and proved it. By the time she’s a junior and senior she’ll be really hard to beat.”
Early on, it appeared as if the two teams might be headed to extra innings in a scoreless tie.
Korb tossed a no-hitter with eight strikeouts through four innings while Fadnek had a no-hitter with seven strikeouts going through three innings.
Kingston, however, broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning.
After an opening out, Katie Hamilton reached on an error then Casey Langley picked up the first hit of the game with a single to center. Both would score when Autumn Adkisson ripped a two-out double down the right field line.
Coalfield answered with a run of their own in the top of the fifth inning.
Samantha Swanger opened the inning with a single and she eventually scored on a ground ball to short off the bat of Chanda Barry.
Kingston made it 4-1 with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Anna Hamilton started the rally with a one-out walk and she would score when Alexis Williams reached on an error with two outs. Williams’ courtesy runner, Jennifer Givens, would steal second and third base before scoring on a single from Katie Hamilton.
“We had some seniors step up at the right time tonight,” Neal said. “We scored runs when we had opportunities.”
Kingston did have to dodge one final bullet in the top of the seventh inning as Coalfield’s Andrea Foster doubled and Swanger singled to start the inning. Coalfield, however, would leave both runners stranded as two fly balls and a ground ball ended the game.
Monday’s game was the first of four games in four days being played by Kingston this week. Kingston played McMinn Central, they will be at Midway Wednesday, and they will host Stone Memorial Thursday.
Stone Memorial defeated Kingston last May in the 2007 District 4-AA championship game and that’s a game that Neal says his team hasn’t forgotten.
“We don’t want to overlook anybody, but we’re looking forward to Thursday since they beat us in the tournament,” Neal said.