Lady Jackets win Tiger Classic

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Playing seven games in two days didn’t bother the Kingston Lady Jackets softball team on Friday and Saturday, as Ronnie Ladd’s squad went 6-1 on their way to capturing the 2013 Tiger Classic in Decatur.

Playing seven games sure didn’t slow the Lady Jackets offense, as they pounded out 76 hits and batted .458 overall during the two days of action. Almost one-third of those hits went for extra bases, as Kingston hit 20 doubles, three triples and two home runs.

Four of Kingston’s games came in pool play. 

The Lady Jackets opened pool play with a 10-7 victory over Sequoyah, but that was followed by their only loss, a 5-4 setback against Sale Creek. Kingston ended pool play with victories over Polk County, 11-2, and McMinn County, 8-5.

Kingston’s win over Sequoyah was their most productive on offense, as they pounded out 16 hits in five innings of work. Alison Mossing, Lindsey Stickrod, Morgan Snow, Briley Garrett, Kat Butler, Rachel Coffey and T.J. Wicks all picked up multiple hits in the win.

Kingston’s only game in which their offense wasn’t on fire was the loss against Sale Creek. Kingston had just two hits on the day.

Kingston picked it up again, as they pounded out 12 hits against Polk County. Mossing, Snow and Sydney Spurgeon all had multiple hits in that game.

Kingston picked up eight hits in their win over McMinn County with Stickrod and Garrett each having two hits to lead the way.

The Lady Jackets stayed hot in tournament play, as they had double digit hits in each of their three wins.

Kingston opened play with a 10-4 victory over Bradley County.

Mossing, Spurgeon, Stickrod, Garrett and Alex Aycock each had multiple hits in the six-run victory.

Kingston’s closest game in tournament play came in the semifinals, as the Lady Jackets scored a run in the top of the sixth inning to knock off Rhea County, 5-4.

The Lady Jackets had 11 hits on the day with Mossing, Spurgeon, Snow and Butler all having at least two hits.

The championship game would see the Jackets taking on McMinn County in a rematch of pool play. Kingston won the pool play game, 8-5, and they took the title game, 6-2.

The Lady Jackets had 12 hits on the day with Mossing, Stickrod, Garrett and Butler all having multiple hits.

Three different pitchers picked up wins for Kingston during the two days of play. Garrett led the way with three win. Samantha Aycock was next in line with two while Taylor Thurman added one.

 Kingston is scheduled to play Grace Christian Academy at home on Thursday.