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Tournament action tight

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By The Staff

By BROWNIE ROSE

Roane Newspapers

Nothing has been settled heading into the final day of play in the Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament in Kingston. After three days of play and eight total games, four of the five teams in the tournament still had a shot of making the Dixie Youth AA State Tournament later this month.

Heading into Tuesday’s final day of play, Kingston American was the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament with a 3-0 record. Kingston American opened the tournament Saturday with wins over Greenback (14-5) and Oak Ridge (13-5). They also beat Tellico on Monday, 19-11.

Kingston National and Greenback were next in line with 2-1 records entering Tuesday’s play. Kingston National lost a head-to-head match-up with Greenback on Friday, 11-3, but since then the Jackets have defeated Tellico, 15-1, and Oak Ridge, 9-3.

Oak Ridge entered play on Tuesday with a 1-2 record, but they were also mathematically still alive. Tellico (0-4) was the only team eliminated from the tournament.

Tuesday’s schedule would see Greenback playing Oak Ridge while the two Kingston teams were also scheduled to play. Kingston American was the only team that controlled their own destiny entering play on Tuesday.

Kingston National vs. Greenback

Kingston National won last week’s sub-district tournament, but none of that mattered Friday as Greenback used a seven-run fifth inning to pull away for an 11-3 win.

Kingston led 2-1 after one inning as Greenback scored a run in the top of the first while Kingston picked up two in the bottom of the inning.

After two outs, Tony Curry, Cooper Mays, Brandon Forrester, Gabe Moore and Ben Hargis banged out five consecutive hits to give Kingston the lead.

Greenback picked up two runs in the top of the second to lead 3-2 then Kingston rallied in the bottom of the frame with a run to tie it at three.

Levi Collins, Justin Neal and Mays all had hits in the inning with Collins scoring the run.

Kingston, however, had only two more hits in the game. Colt Clements singled in the third inning and Jake Tipton picked up a single in the fourth.

Greenback broke the tie with seven runs in the fifth inning before ending the game early with a run in the top of the sixth inning.

Kingston American vs. Greenback

Although Greenback got an impressive win Friday night against Kingston National, they could not overcome a quick start by Kingston American. Kingston scored 10 runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 14-5 win in five innings.

Greenback scored a run in the top of the first, but Kingston got their first five spot in the bottom of the inning.

Gabe Shillings, Austin Key, Brandon Plemons and Jack Emch singled consecutively to begin the inning then Jonathan Longmire ripped a double to clean the bases. Tyler Thurman doubled and Wade Gargen singled singled later in the inning as Kingston led 5-1.

Greenback picked up two runs in the top of the second, but Kingston answered with five more runs in the bottom of the inning.

Conner Bassler, Benji Headrick and Tanner Poole singled to begin the inning. After an out, Key singled then Emch reached on an error with two outs before Longmire hammered another double to score the final runs of the inning.

Greenback would add single runs in the third and fourth innings, but Kingston still pulled away.

Jimmy Vanosdale tripled with one out in the third and later scored on a single from Bassler.

Thurman and Vanosdale reached on errors in the fourth inning to score Emch and Longmire.

Greenback failed to score in the fifth to leave Kingston with the insurmountable lead.

Kingston National vs. Tellico

Kingston National rebounded from their opening game loss to roll past Tellico on Saturday.

Kingston scored 11 runs in the first two innings and then put the game away with four runs in the fifth inning.

Levi Collins singled, Justin Neal tripled and Tony Curry singled to start the game. After an out, Brandon Forrester, Gabe Moore, Ben Hargis and Nikolas Smith all reached safely before the second out was recorded. Abby Wilson then picked up the last hit of the inning and drove in the seventh run.

Kingston picked up four more runs in the second to lead 11-0.

Colt Clements, Cole Arden, Neal, Curry and Forrester all had hits in the inning for Kingston.

Tellico scored their only run in the bottom of the third then Kingston put the game away with four runs in the fifth.

Curry, Forrester, Moore, Smith and Jake Tipton all had hits in the inning as the Jackets ended the game early.

Kingston American vs. Oak Ridge

Kingston American won their second game Saturday with a 13-5 win over Oak Ridge.

Kingston won the early game with big hitting early in the contest, but this time they scored nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings to get the win.

Kingston picked up three runs in the top of the first and another run in the second to lead 4-0.

Gabe Shillings, Austin Key, Brandon Plemons and Jack Emch all had hits in the first inning for Kingston. In the second inning, Conner Bassler doubled with two outs and scored on a single from Benji Headrick.

Oak Ridge picked up a run in the bottom of the third, but Kingston answered with four runs in the top fourth to hold an 8-1 lead.

Tyler Thurman, Wade Gargen and Jimmy Vanosdale singled to begin the inning then Matthew Coffey doubled to clean the bases. After an out, Headrick singled to score Coffey.

Oak Ridge rallied with three runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 8-4, but Kingston answered with a five-run fifth to go on top 13-4.

Brandon Plemons, Jonathan Longmire, Thurman, Gargen, Coffey, Bassler, Headrick and Tanner Poole all had hits in the inning for Kingston.

Kingston allowed only a single run in the bottom fifth to get the early ending.

Kingston American vs. Tellico

Kingston raced out to a 17-3 lead after the top of the fourth inning before eventually picking up a 19-11 victory.

After a scoreless first inning, Kingston scored seven runs in the top of the second.

Jonathan Longmire, Tyler Thurman, Jimmy Vanosdale, Matthew Coffey, Conner Bassler, Tanner Poole, Gabe Shillings and Austin Key all had hits in the inning with Shillings ripping a triple.

Tellico scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, but Kingston answered with three runs in the top third to go up 10-3.

After two were out, Longmire doubled followed by singles from Thurman, Gargen and Vanosdale.

Kingston got their second seven-run inning in the fourth to take a big 17-3 lead.

Benji Headrick, Poole, Shillings, Austin Key, Brandon Plemons, Jack Emch, Longmire, Thurman and Vanosdale all had hits in the inning for the Jackets.

Just when it appeared as if Kingston was ready to end the game, Tellico roared back with seven runs in the fourth and added a single run in the fifth to trim the lead to 17-11.

Kingston did recover enough to score two runs in the top of the sixth to give them the early ending win.

Shillings led off the inning by lashing a long inside-the-park home run to the fence left center. After two were out, Emch singled and Longmire drove him in with a double to end the game.

Kingston National vs. Oak Ridge

Kingston National defeated Oak Ridge two out of three times in last week’s sub-district tournament and they made it three out of four Monday with a 9-3 victory.

Kingston grabbed a 7-1 lead after the top of the fourth inning before the two teams split a pair of runs in the final two and a half innings to give the Jackets the win.

Kingston scored two runs in the top of the first.

Levi Collins singled to begin the game and scored when Tony Curry doubled. Braden Forrester then singled to drive in Curry.

Kingston scored four more runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead.

Colt Clements, Collins, Justin Neal, Cooper Mays and Forrester all had hits for Kingston in the inning.

Kingston added another run in the top of the fourth to lead 7-1.

Ben Hargis doubled to begin the inning and scored on an Abby Wilson single.

Kingston’s final runs came in the top of the sixth inning.

Mays and Forrester singled to start things off the Gabe Moore singled to drive in both runs and make the score 9-3.