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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Maybe week two will be better than week one for the Kingston Yellow Jackets.
Last week, the Jackets opened their season with four straight losses. The first two losses came against district foe Loudon, loss No. 3 was at county rival Rockwood then the Jacket lost their opening round contest of the 2008 Roane County Tournament against McMinn Central by a 12-2 margin.
Kingston did play well early on against the Chargers and actually held a lead after two innings of play.
After a scoreless first inning, the Jackets used three hits in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Jeffery Smith opened the inning with a single, but he was erased on a fielder’s choice ground out off the bat of Bradley Mitchell. Chad Miller followed with a single then both runners scored on a two-out double off the bat of Luke Barnett.
Kingston’s lead didn’t last long, however, as the Chargers took advantage of three hits and two walks in the top of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead.
McMinn Central added one run to their lead in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth, but it was the seventh inning in which they really pulled away as the Chargers used five hits, one walk and two Jacket errors to score six runs in the frame.
Kingston, on the other hand, picked up just one hit after the second inning as Matt Laughery led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single.
Kingston will look to bounce back Tuesday and Wednesday with district games against Knoxville Catholic. The Jackets will travel to Knoxville Tuesday before hosting the Irish on Wednesday.