Lady Jackets win three

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets softball team spent their weekend of the season taking on tough competition in a tournament. The latest tournament took place in Kingsport as the Lady Jackets picked up three wins against two losses in the 2013 Eastman Invitational.

Kingston’s wins came in succession in pool play as they knocked off North Greene, 8-4, Johnson County, 3-0, and Central, 10-9.

Kingston’s first loss came against Daniel Boone in pool play, 3-2, and then the Lady Jackets dropped a 6-1 decision against Maryville in the first round of tournament play.

Kingston 8 

North Greene 4

Kingston spotted the Lady Huskies an early 1-0 lead, but the Lady Jackets answered with eight unanswered runs on their way to an 8-4 victory in five innings.

Kingston’s big inning came in the third inning on Friday as Kat Butler ripped a two-run home run and Morgan Snow added an RBI triple in what was a five-run inning.

Kingston picked up six hits on the day with Snow (2-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBIs, 1 run) and Butler (2-2, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 run) having multiple hits.

Briley Garrett picked up the win after tossing a complete-game four hitter with three walks and four strikeouts past the Lady Huskies. Only one North Greene run was earned.

Kingston 3 

Johnson County 0

Samantha Aycock took to the pitcher’s circle in game two and tossed a four-hitter with four strikeouts past the Lady Longhorns.

Kingston, on the other hand, had just five hits against Johnson County, but four of those hits came in the second and third innings as that’s when the Lady Jackets scored all of their runs.

Butler and T.J. Wicks scored for Kingston in the second inning with Wicks and Aycock picking up the RBIs. Sydney Spurgeon singled and scored Kingston’s run in the third inning. Lindsey Stickrod drove in the run with a single.

Kingston 10 Central 9

Central scored eight runs in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game, but instead of throwing in the towel and preparing for game four, the Jackets somehow rallied for an incredible 10-9 victory.

Kingston’s comeback started with two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a two-run homer from Stickrod.

Kingston’s big inning came in the second, however, as six Lady Jackets crossed the plate. A pair of two-run singles from Spurgeon and Butler were the highlights of the frame, as Kingston trailed 9-8 after two innings of play.

The score remained 9-8 until Kingston won the game in style in the bottom of the fourth inning. Snow opened the inning with a single and she got to trot home on a two-run walk-off homer from Garrett.

Allison Mossing (2-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run), Snow (2-3, 1 2B, 2 runs) and Butler (2-2, 2 RBIs) had multiple hits for Kingston in the win.

Daniel Boone 3 Kingston 2

The Lady Jackets led for much of Saturday’s game, but the Lady Trailblazers scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and one more in the sixth as they rallied for a 3-2 victory.

Mossing scored Kingston’s first run in the third inning while Rachel Coffey scored in the fourth inning.

Mossing (2-4, 1 2B, 1 run) had two of Kingston’s four hits on the day.

Maryville 6 Kingston 1

Kingston scored first against Maryville, but that was all the good news for the Lady Jackets as the Lady Rebels went on to the 6-1 victory.

Mossing singled and scored Kingston’s run with Butler picking up the RBI on a single.

Aycock led Kingston on the day with two hits.

 Kingston will be in another tournament this weekend at Gibbs High School.