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Kingston loses duel with Tigers

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By Jack Sims

newsroom@roanecounty.com

In what was, for the most part, a defensive game, the Kingston Yellow Jackets fell to the Pigeon Forge Tigers, 4-0, Monday evening in Pigeon Forge in the Region 2 2AA Baseball Semi-finals. The Tigers scored their runs in just two innings, the fourth and fifth.

As noted this was a defensive game and pitchers’ duel on both sides of the bat.

Five of the seven innings played were essentially three up and three down.

Taking the loss for Kingston was Nathan McNelley.

The sophomore pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out six.

The starting Pigeon Forge Tigers pitcher went six innings, allowing only three hits and no runs with six strikeouts.

Both teams were spot on defensively, with neither side committing any errors.

In the end the tale of the tape showed Pigeon Forge with four runs, five hits, and no errors. For Kingston it was zero runs, three hits and no errors.

Kingston Head Coach Bruce Robinette singled out his seniors for their efforts all season.

“We executed our game plan very well. The team did very well defensively and McNelley threw a good game,” Robinette said. “We just didn’t get the hits we needed, something that has plagued us the last few games.”

The loss marks the end of the season for Kingston. The Yellow Jackets finish as the 2AA District 4 runner-up with a 20-14 overall record and a 6-2 district record.