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Roane teams on different paths at Dixie Youth A tourney

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Rockwood A All-Stars and Kingston A All-Stars played two games each on Saturday in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament at Tellico Plains.

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The news was all good for Kingston, as they picked up a 13-5 victory over Madisonville and a 16-8 victory over Tellico Plains.
The news wasn’t as good for Rockwood, however, as the Tigers went 0-2 on the day. Rockwood dropped their first game of the day against Sweetwater, 21-16, and that was followed by a 21-2 loss against Madisonville.
The tournament continued into Tuesday with both teams playing a total of four games. Besides playing each other, Kingston had to play Sweetwater with Rockwood playing Tellico Plains.
The top two teams in the tournament will advance to the Dixie Youth A State Tournament that starts next Thursday in Jackson.
Kingston 13
Madisonville 5
Kingston’s defense was the story Saturday morning, as the Jackets allowed just five runs in their tournament opener.
The Jackets never trailed against the Tornadoes, as Kingston scored three runs in the top of the first inning and led 3-1 after one inning of play. The scoring picked up for both teams in the second inning, but it was still to Kingston’s favor with the boys in blue leading 7-4.
Defense became the name of the game over the next two innings, a both teams scored just one run, but the final two innings belong to Kingston as they outscored Madisonville 5-0 down the stretch to put the finishing touches on the eight-run victory.
All 12 Kingston starters had hits on the day with Tyson McAmis (3-3, 2 runs) and James Lane (3-3, 1 run) each going a perfect 3-3.
Aaron Layne (2-3, 2 runs), Cooper Brackett (2-3, 1 run), Ben McCracken (2-3, 1 run), Blake Herrell (2-3, 2 runs), Carson Ladd (1-3), Ashton Stone (1-3), Hayden Barnett (2-3, 2 runs), James Ashcraft (1-3), Kaiden Gurney (1-3) and Wayne Rodgers (2-3, 1 run) also had a solid day for Kingston. One of Layne’s hits was a home run.
Kingston 16
Tellico Plains 8
The Jackets ended their day with another eight-run victory, this one coming over the host Bears.
Kingston trailed briefly, as Tellico Plains scored two runs in the top of the first inning. The Bears’ lead didn’t last long, however, as Kingston scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and that lead eventually grew to 11-3 by the end of the third inning. Both teams scored five runs after that, but that was to Kingston’s liking, as the Jackets went on to the 16-8 victory.
McAmis (2-3, 2 runs), Layne (3-3, 3 runs), Brackett (1-3, 1 run), McCracken (3-3, 3 runs), Herrell (3-3, 2 runs), Layne (3-3, 1 run), Ladd (1-3, 1 run), Stone (3-3, 1 run), Barnett (2-3, 1 run), Ashcraft (1-3), Gurney (3-3, 1 run) and Rodgers (1-3) all had hits in the win.
Sweetwater 21
Rockwood 16
Saturday’s opener got off to a great start for the Tigers, as they scored the maximum of seven runs in the top of the first inning. Rockwood, however, cooled off as the game went on, allowing Sweetwater to pick up the win.  
Rockwood led 10-9 after three innings, but the fourth inning was the turning point. The Tigers didn’t score in the top of the inning then Sweetwater scored seven in the bottom of the frame to take a 16-10 lead.
Rockwood rebounded with four runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Wildcats scored five of their own then Sweetwater held the Tigers to two runs in the top of the sixth inning to secure the victory.
D.J. Mathis (1-4), Preston Schisler (3-4, 2 runs), Peyton Witter (3-4, 2 runs), Joseph Summers (1-3, 1 run), Sailor Presley (1-3, 1 run), Trystan Butler (3-3, 3 runs), Ezekial Lower (2-3, 2 runs), Keegan Butler (2-3), Brody Summers (1-3, 1 run), Jadon McCallie (1-3), Evan Lankford (2-3, 2 runs) and Ayden Moore (2-3, 2 runs) all had hits for Rockwood in the loss.
Madisonville 21
Rockwood 2
Some games just don’t go well. That was the case for Rockwood in their second game of the evening as they dropped a 21-2 decision against the Tornadoes.
Rockwood’s runs came with Witter scoring in the first inning and Lankford in the third.
Presley, Witter, Joseph Summers, Trystan Butler, Keegan Butler, Lankford and Moore all had hits in defeat.