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Late surge pushes Lady Jackets

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By Jason Perry

The Kingston Lady Jackets surged late to take a 5-3 win against the Christian Academy of Knoxville Lady Warriors at the Legion Softball Field at Fort Southwest Point Monday evening.

“It’s a good win against a good CAK team,” Kingston Coach Wendy Johnson said. “We’re still not 100 percent healthy and Kesney Brown was called on to play third and she’s not played there all season.

“We can juggle every game and not know who’s playing where until we get here.”

“It would be nice to be consistent and healthy, but things aren’t going that way right now.”

Scoreless through the first four innings, CAK mustered a run in the top of the fifth to put some pressure on Kingston.

It didn’t work.

Trinity Clements drew a walk, Shelby LeBlanc singled and Autumn Davis was also walked to load the bases and set the table for Keylon Reynolds.

Reynolds, the Lady Jackets’ ace pitcher, helped her cause by singling home Clements to tie the game at one.

Morgan Grigsby followed with a fielder’s choice to score LeBlanc in a close play at the pate.

Emily Thompson rounded out the inning with fielder’s choice to bring Davis home and make the score 3-1.

Kingston couldn’t get anyone else across the plate as the offensive outburst died just as quickly as it started.

The Lady Warriors were able to scratch across another run in the top of the sixth.

The Lady Jackets’ defense was able to shore up Reynolds in the circle and the hurler was able to pitch out of a jam with runners on third and first to end the frame.

With the score 3-2, Kingston’s bats went back to work in the bottom of the stanza.

A two-out rally of sorts began with Davis, Grigsby and Reynolds loading the bases.

Kesney Brown drew a walk to bring Davis home, making the score 4-2 and keep the pressure on the CAK pitcher and fielders.

Emily Thompson followed with a base on balls and Reynolds trotted across home plate to make the score 5-2.

The Lady Jackets couldn’t get any more runs but the ones they got were enough to seal the game.

Reynolds, who has had some issues this season with injuries, pitched all seven innings and struck out eight. She also went two-for-four at the plate with a run batted in.

Also of note was the fact almost everyone in the line up for the Lady Jackets and everyone reached base.

Kingston will return to action this weekend as the Lady Jackets are set to take part in the Rockwood Invitational Softball Tournament.

Kingston won the tournament last year.