The Kingston 12U All-Stars took on the Campbell County 12U All-Stars this past weekend at Cherokee Middle School in a rare occurrence.

Rather than the customary tournament, which is usually the end start of the Dixie Youth’s postseason, the two teams met in a best of five series.

This was due to the size of programs putting the teams in a separate division from the other teams.

The series ended with Campbell County winning three games straight Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings take the championship as well as the number one seed into the Ozone Tournament hosted by Harriman July 14th at Flour Mill Flats Complex.

Campbell County’s mix of timely hitting and power proved to be the ultimate deciding factor as it won 10-9, 9-2 and 12-2.

Thursday: Campbell County 10, Kingston 9

The Yellow Jackets’ best offensive output of the series was overshadowed by late errors Friday night as the Blue Jays won in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Kingston scored six runs in the top of the first inning, putting early pressure on Campbell County.

Eli Sims led off with a single starting a series of hits by the Jackets that saw Shane Starnes, Harrison Hamby, Owen Rose, and Rylan Myers reach base safely.

Sims, Starnes, Hamby and Rose all found their way across home plate to make it 4-0 in Kingston’s favor.

A towering homerun shot over the leftfield fence by Bowden Ladd was the exclamation point on the inning’s scoring.

Myers came home before Ladd joined him to make it 6-0.

Campbell County was sat down in order in the bottom of the inning thanks to sharp defense from Kingston.

Things started to turn an inning later.

The Jackets couldn’t get by pitcher Bray Gosnell who had came in to relieve starter, Tucker Malicote.

The Jays looked like they were going to go down quietly in their half of the second.

Facing two outs, two straight walks put runners on base for Campbell County.

After advancing to third thanks to a steal at second and a throwing error at third, Tanner Hollifield raced home after a passed ball went wide.

Catcher Koalton Cupp got a pitch he liked and gave it a ride over the fence for a two-run homer to make it 6-3.

The bats quieted down for both teams until the fifth when Kingston got a run to make it 7-3.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Blue Jays scored three more runs two of which came from Cupp’s second homer of the game.

With the narrow lead, and one more inning to go, Kingston attempted to keep Campbell County off balance.

It was working until a strikeout on Hollifield resulted in a passed ball that brought Malicote in to score to tie things at seven-all.

Two more runs in the top of the seventh by Kingston again put pressure on the Jays and put the Jackets in control.

The bottom of the inning ended with Campbell County scoring the winning runs on a throwing error and a passed ball.

Friday, Campbell County 9, Kingston 2

The drama from the night before didn’t carry over to Friday evening.

The game was close with Campbell County taking the 3-2 lead in the third inning, that was until Landon Notaro came to the plate.

Notaro put things out of reach with a grand slam homerun to give the Jays a 7-2 lead.

Campbell County added two more to its total in the fifth inning for the final score.

Saturday, Campbell County 12, Kingston 2

The Jays only needed four innings to decide Saturday evening’s contest.

Campbell County scored three runs in the bottom of the first and didn’t look back as it continued to consistently add to its total.

Kingston was able to scratch across a pair of runs in the top of the third with Ladd and Talen Kitts scoring to make it 3-2.

The next two at bats from the Jays combined for nine total runs to end the game with the run rule.