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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Kingston slugs past Plainview 9-1 for LCC tourney title

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  • LONE GROVE — It didn't seem to matter how much the wind swept down the plain.
    Jacson Beal smashed the ball either way.
    The freshman had a towering two-run homer and a crucial RBI single that helped Kingston to a 9-1 rout of Plainview in the Lake Country Conference tournament championship on Saturday.
    "I'm just really proud of the kids and the work that they've put in," Kingston coach Darren Henson said. "I can't say enough about how coachable they are and how hard they work."
    The Redskins took the lead early in the contest and never looked back, relying on key two-out hits from Beal, Kameron Stephens and Jared Hayes in the second inning to extend the advantage to 5-0. Kingston picked up another run on a Marcus Burleson double in the third inning, again with two outs.
    When Henson needed it, his team came through with clutch hitting time and again.
    "All year long, we've pitched well and played good defense," Henson said. "But right now, our bats are starting to get hot."
    Meanwhile, Jake Patterson was efficient and effective on the mound for Kingston, shutting down a previously formidable Plainview offense for six innings in a complete game effort.
    Patterson didn't give up a run until the fifth, well after the game appeared in hand for the Redskins.
    "Our pitchers have done a good job of mixing it up and hitting their spots, especially with the curveballs," Henson said. "(Patterson) did that again today."
    But the biggest revelation, not only for the day but the tournament, was the freshman Beal, who hit his second-inning homer into the wind, then followed it up with a shot off the wall in the sixth and gave Kingston a 7-1 lead.
    Beal was named LCC Tournament MVP, joining teammates Hayes and Harley Cendejas on the All-Tournament team.
    "He's one of the best freshman I've ever coached," Henson said.
    Two batters after Beal's hit to the wall, Patterson hit a bases-loaded single that scored the final two runs and enacted the mercy rule.
    "We wanted to come into the tournament and prove that we're a team to contend with," Henson said. "All year long, we've just slowly but surely gained confidence.
    "I think this will help even more with that."
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