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Season ends for Yellow Jackets

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

 

The 2014 baseball season ended for the Kingston Yellow Jackets following a pair of losses in the District 4-AA Tournament at Knoxville Catholic.

The Jackets dropped an 11-7 decision against Knoxville Catholic Saturday afternoon then the Jackets were eliminated by Alcoa Monday night, 7-3.

Kingston vs. Catholic

The Jackets had more hits than the Irish, 11-7, but the host team took advantage of seven walks and three hit batters on its way to an 11-7 victory.

Catholic jumped out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the bottom of the second inning, but Kingston answered the district champions with four runs of its own in the top of the third.

An infield single from Thomas Mathews followed by a bunt single from Bryce Woody got things going before a pitch hit Preston Edmonds to load the bases.

Dakota Henry ripped a pitch into the left field corner for a three-run double and Cody Mitchell followed with an RBI double as Kingston pulled even.

Catholic, however, answered with four runs in the bottom of the third and they added three more in the fourth to take an 11-4 lead.

Kingston settled down and allowed only one hit after that then the Jackets tried to mount a late rally.

In the sixth inning, Tony Curry doubled, Paul Bolden walked and Woody singled to load the bases before Edmonds and Henry hit RBI singles to make the score 11-6.

Kingston would leave the bases loaded as the Irish got out of the frame with no further damage being done.

Kingston’s half of the seventh inning opened with a bang when Brandon Donathan hit a bomb over both the left field fence and bullpen fence, but Kingston would get no closer as Catholic went on to the 11-7 victory.

Edmonds (2-3, 1 RBI, 1 run), Henry (2-3, 2B, 4 RBIs, 1 run) and Woody (2-3, 1 run) all had multiple hits in the game for Kingston.

Kingston vs. Alcoa

The Jackets jumped on the Tornadoes with three runs in the top of the first inning, but Alcoa scored the game’s final seven runs to end Kingston’s season.

Edmonds (single), Henry (single) and Mitchell (double) scored Kingston’s runs in the first inning while Donathan (HBP), Curry (single) and Noah Cash (walk) also reached safely in the frame.

Kingston’s offense didn’t necessarily go away after the first inning, they just couldn’t push in runs. The Jackets had at least one hit in every inning after the first and stranded nine runners in the final six innings of play.

Kingston’s best scoring chance came in the second when Henry, Mitchell and Donathan all reached safely to load the bases, but all were left stranded at the end of the frame.

Alcoa scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and four in the third to take the lead for good.

Edmonds (2-3, 1 run), Henry (2-4, 1 run), Curry (2-4, 2B) and Cash (2-3) had multiple hits for Kingston in the loss.