Redden leads Jackets past Panthers, 7-3

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By Goose Lindsay

Kingston’s Ben Redden had a big night with both his bat and arm Monday night as the Jacket sophomore helped lead Kingston to a 7-5 victory over Stone Memorial in the District 4-AA opener for both teams.

As a hitter, Redden went 3-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored to go along with a walk.

On the mound, Redden picked up the victory after tossing 6 1/3 innings. Redden allowed five runs on 10 hits and one hit batter while striking out eight.

The first inning of Monday’s game was both bad and good for Redden and the Jackets. 

Redden gave up a three-run homer in the top of the first inning to Stone’s Brandon Cole, but Redden got those runs back in the bottom of the first when he smacked a three-run shot of his own.

Cody Akers and Jacob Caquelin had opened the frame with back-to-back singles and were on base for Redden’s bomb.

Kingston took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Redden and Preston King opened the inning with back-to-back singles and both scored on a two-out double from Josh Lively.

Kingston scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 7-3. Aaron Fielden (walk), Derek Basler (single) and Banken (walk) all reached safely to load the bases to start the inning then Basler and Banken scored after a one out single from Akers.

Kingston took the four-run lead into the seventh inning, but Redden appeared to run out of gas as the Panthers picked up a pair of hits early in the frame. Those runners would eventually score, but Akers came in and got the Jackets out of the jam.

 Kingston picked up 12 hits on the day. Besides Redden, Akers (2-3, 2 RBIs, 1 run), King (3-4, 1 run) and Banken (2-2, 2 RBIs, 1 run) also had multiple hits for the Jackets.