EDMOND — In a season filled with overcoming odds, adversity and doubt, Kingston couldn't quite overcome another hurdle in the state tournament.
Despite loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Redskins (24-10) came up just short, falling 9-7 in a Class 3A quarterfinal battle with Marlow.
"It just shows the character of this bunch and why we accomplished what we did this year," coach Darron Henson said of the late rally. "They're tough and they don't quit."
Kingston had already put together one amazing rally in the contest. Falling 7-0 heading into the bottom of the third, the Redskins put together a huge six-run frame, kicked off by freshman Jackson Beal's RBI triple and continuing through the order.
After Marlow brought in reliever Bean Meshell, the Redskins were tamed for a time before working the bases full in the seventh with two outs. Jared Hayes' final swing came just under the ball, popping out to right field and ending the season.
"He was just under it, trying to put it exactly where he wanted to," Henson said.
In spite of the loss, Kingston enters the offseason with perhaps its finest season in school history. The Redskins earned an Lake Country Conference championship and are poised to return several key players going into next season, with the experience of a state tournament under their belt.
Henson hopes that they will follow the examples of a senior class that has set the foundation for a new age of Kingston baseball.
"They're going to have step up and be leaders and do the things these seniors did," Henson said. "They came to practice every day, showed up and work and laid the groundwork of what happened here."