KINGSTON — It was the first day of the season and Kingston’s depth was already put to the test.
Junior Kes Reeves was out with a broken thumb. Sophomore Stewart McCuan was struck in the ankle by the ball.
The Lady Redskins were also down three freshmen.
Freshman Tyla Bohannon rolled her left ankle on a late slide into second base against Dickson in the final game of Monday’s three-way. Danna Wagnon injured her collarbone earlier against Madill. Taylor Spence had a hip flexor.
Even as the injuries piled up, Kingston still had enough players to field a team. Even better, the Lady Redskins left with two wins, defeating Madill 14-1 in four innings via the run rule and Dickson 8-1, to start the season 2-0.
“Ever since the first day, I have said there is not a lot of drop-off between our seven and 14,” Kingston coach Darron Henson said. “There’s just a lot of them that are the same, who are pretty good.”
Kingston 8, Dickson 1
Playing their second game in a row in the 104-degree heat, the Lady Comets’ defense struggled in the hot summer sun.
Senior Alivia McCuan drew the second of two consecutive walks issued by Dickson southpaw Shanna McKown to commence the bottom of the first and, a short time later, scored the game’s first run on a passed ball.
Kingston sophomore Jewell Henry brought home two more runs, hitting a a low line drive that a Dickson infielder couldn’t come up with cleanly on the hop — officially ruled a two-run single — for a 3-0 Lady Redskins lead.
“I got lucky on that one,” Henry said.
Kingston’s defense backed up Henry who induced 10 ground-ball outs. She picked up the complete-game victory for the Lady Redskins, striking out
two and yielding four hits.
“Some of those plays that I was like ‘Oh crap’ and then they caught them and I was like, ‘Oh, wow,’” she said. “They saved me a lot. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
In the top of the fourth, Kammi Battles singled and scored on a wild pitch, accounting for Dickson’s lone run.
“It’s tough this time of year playing back-to-back games when it’s 100 degrees and are not in playing shape yet,” said first-year Dickson coach David Gardner. “I was proud of the way that we competed all of the way around. Not many strikeouts. We put the ball in play. We had good at-bats.”
Kingston 14, Madill 1
Junior Madison Auld went a perfect three-for-three and scored two runs while Henry, senior Alli Wakely, and sophomores Jenna French, Stewart McCuan and Kobe McDonald each tallied two hits in the run-rule victory.
Kingston led 5-0 after the first inning and 12-0 after two innings.
Wakely’s two-run home run highlighted the Lady Redskins’ big first inning.
“I was really pleased with our effort at the plate,” Henson said. “I thought we squared up a bunch of balls, were aggressive and thought we hit the ball well.”
Madill produced eight hits, including two by Kristen Chapa.
However, the only run the Lady Wildcats manufactured came courtesy of a Chapa RBI single in the fourth.
“We didn’t play,” Madill coach Randy Rushing said. “We didn’t do very good. Pitching didn’t show up. Hitting didn’t show up.
“Hopefully we’ll get better.”
Dickson 11, Madill 1
Madill’s inability to locate pitches for strikes and field the ball cleanly resulted in an easy victory for Dickson.
After Bryttni Gardner scored on an errant throw into the outfield and McKown singled to put the Lady Comets ahead 2-0 in the first inning, Kortlyn Yow worked an infield single in the second and scored on a throw that ricocheted off the glove of Battles, Dickson’s first baseman, to slice the lead in half.
Dickson answered with nine consecutive runs.
McKenzie blooped a double between two Madill fielders in the third and later scored on a passed ball for a 3-1 lead.
The Lady Comets scored eight times in the fourth to invoke the run rule.
McKown notched the complete-game victory, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
“Shanna has come a long way,” coach Gardner said. “I’m very proud of the job and the work that she has put in the offseason, from this season to last season. It’s night and day. She throws four pitches that can move and throw them at any time in the court.”