In a solid pitching duel, there were a combined eight hits between the teams, but a pair of Ragland errors made the difference in Kingston’s 2-0 win over the defending three-time Class 1A state champions on Friday at Lagoon Park.
Catcher Emily Mock had a RBI triple off a throwing error to first base in the bottom of the fourth.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, second baseman Madison Weeks scored from third base on a catcher’s bobbled grab after doubling to right center.
“I asked coach if I should bunt or hit it, and he told me to double it in the gap,” Weeks said.
Junior Alyssa Caver threw an impressive game for the Bulldogs, striking out eight in a complete-game performance and only allowing four hits.
Coach Daniel Hart agreed with Caver’s outing on the mound.
“She toed the rubber today and had one thing on her mind,” Hart said. “She gave her team an opportunity to win, had great control and hit her spots.”
In the second winners bracket game, Parrish won 4-0 versus Decatur Heritage.
With the bases-loaded in the top of the second, Tayler Winchester unloaded the bases and drove in all three runs with a single to give the Tornadoes a comfortable lead.
Grayson Culverson pitched a no-hitter in Parrish’s first game of the day, and little changed in the matchup versus Decatur Heritage. She pitched a complete game, giving up two hits and recording four strikeouts.
“I just wanted to go out and stay focused to get to the last game of the tournament,” Culverson said. Coach Chris Harris feels good about his team’s confidence moving forward. “The way I’ve coached all year is trying to peak at the right time, and right now, we are playing about as good as we have all year,” Harris said.
Kinston and Parrish meet at 10:30 a.m. today, with the winner advancing another step closer to the ultimate goal.