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With the Kingston Lady Jackets trailing 1-0 in a pitcher's duel in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Region 4-AA forecast called for “Mo Snow”. Morgan Snow, that is, as Snow hit a three-run home run to give the Lady Jackets a shot at a region championship with a 3-1 win over the Carter Lady Hornets Monday evening at Southwest Point.
Carter started off the top of the first inning with an RBI double by Suzie Parker to take an early 1-0 lead.
Kingston got an early double from Sydney Spurgeon, but could only advance her to third base as the bottom of the first inning came to a close with the score at 1-0 in favor of the Lady Hornets.
Kingston went down in order in the second inning, but threatened again in the third as the Lady Jackets got runners on second and third base with one out. However, back-to-back strikeouts quashed the hopes of any Lady Jacket runs getting on the board.
Kingston left another runner stranded in the bottom of the fourth inning as it appeared the Lady Hornets’ first inning run might just hold up.
But with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Lady Jackets needing a shot in the arm, all they needed was Snow and she delivered with a three-run home run over the right center field fence to give the Lady Jackets the 3-1 lead.
The pitching prowess of Kingston's Mica Gaines and defensive domination by the rest of the Lady Jackets helped them finish off the Lady Hornets for the 3-1 win.
Sydney Spurgeon (3-3, 2 2B) was “Miss Clutch” for the Lady Jackets at the plate with Katherine Butler (2-3) also picking up a pair of hits in the win.
Gaines (CG, 9 Ks, no walks, 5 hits) got the win.
Parker (2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Ashleigh Kirby (2-3, 1 2B) led the Lady Hornets at the plate while Kimberly Jack (CG, 8 Ks, 1 walk, 5 hits, 3 runs) was tagged with the loss.
With the victory, the Lady Jackets advance to Wednesday’s Region 2-AA Tournament championship game against perennial Class AA power Gibbs.
Win or lose Wednesday, the Lady Jackets will play Friday against Chuckey-Doak or Unicoi County with a berth in the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament on the line. If Kingston beats Gibbs, Friday’s game will be at home, but a loss will send the Lady Jackets on the road.