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Kingston blanks the Lady Waves

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Lady Jackets take advantage of Midway miscues, wins first ‘Battle of the Bridge’

By Jason Perry

The Kingston Lady Jackets beat the Midway Lady Waves, 12-0, Tuesday night at Midway Softball Field in the inaugural game of the rivalry series dubbed, “The Battle of the Bridge.”

“I appreciate that (Midway) Coach (Joey) Nickell came up with the idea to do this,” Kingston Coach Wendy Johnson said. “There will be a trophy that will go back and forth for the year to whoever wins.

“Hopefully this will grow and continue and it would be nice to get the baseball teams into it as well.

“We appreciate Midway having us and letting us come down and play, they’re good people.”

The Lady Waves, although mostly young and still trying to find their footing, were able to match Kingston, who is still suffering from having every player healthy, even in the early going of the game.

“It’s a fun game,” Nickell said. “We saw some great pitching tonight and we’ll see some great pitching for the rest of the week.

“Hopefully by the time we go in to face Oneida it will look like they’re throwing change ups.”

Midway’s freshman pitcher Rilea Ellison dueled Lady Jacket hurler Keylon Reynolds, as a result the game was scoreless through a long inning and a half.

“Our pitching was good,” Johnson said. “But again we’re still not all the way healthy, we’re still waiting to get all our starters healthy.”

During this stretch pitching and defense was on display as both teams were able to generate base runner, they just weren’t able to push anyone across the plate.

It continued on this track until the top of the second.

Kesney Brown started the inning for Kingston with a single and was followed by Morgan Grigsby and Emily Thompson drawing walks to load the bases.

The Lady Jackets attempted a suicide squeeze with Mahala Wallace laying down a bunt directly in front of the plate.

The normally accurate Midway catcher, Macy Young, who had shown her ability earlier by throwing out to runners attempting to steal, threw the ball wide of first base.

Wallace reached safely due to the error while Grigsby and Thompson scored.

Rattled after the play, Ellison walked Gabby McElveen and Trinity Clements to juice the bases again.

“Errors cost us,” Nickell said. “The girls can’t get over that.

“When they see the score being 6-0, they freak out and it’s hard for them to overcome that.

“We played good defense overall, just needed more stops.”

A sacrifice fly from Shelby Leblanc scored Wallace to make the score 3-0.

Ellison was able to get the third out by striking out Autumn Davis.

The next few innings went without anymore scoring.

Kingston threatened in the top of the third when Reynolds doubled and was followed by Grigsby getting a hit.

Thompson hit a ground ball to Rebecca Lemasters at third base.

Lemasters rifled the ball to home as Melia Epling, courtesy running for Reynolds, raced to the plate.

The throw was in time and Young was able to tag out Epling to save the run.

Reynolds continued to keep the Lady Waves from threatening with her pitching.

An error in the field from Midway set the stage for the Lady Jackets getting a run in the fourth inning thanks to a hard hit from Davis to bring Clements home.

A batter later, Brown singled home Davis to make the score 6-0.

Three more runs crossed the plate in the form of Leblanc, Reynolds and Brown to bring the score to 9-0.

After the flurry of scoring, the game settled back down to defense as the Lady Waves struggled to get back into.

Midway was able to generate some hits in the last innings, but couldn’t capitalize while Kingston was able to turn its base knocks into three more runs.

The Lady Jackets will return home to face perpetual powerhouse Gibbs Thursday night before hosting Meigs County in the last home game of the season Monday.

Midway’s marathon home stand will continue this week with games against Meigs, Greenback and Oneida.

In the case of rain Friday, the game with Oneida will be rescheduled to Tuesday evening.