Kingston offense on display in state quarterfinal win

Kingston was raking (is that still hip to say) in its 12-3 state Class AA quarterfinal win over Arlington Saturday.

The Tigers’ 1-6 hitters – Avery Short, Sam Tremper, Jon Kivlan, Tyler Kelder, Fritz Genther and Jake McNutt – were a combined 15-for-22 with 10 RBI.

The scoreboard read 17 hits for Kingston. Officially, I had 16 hits. But, who’s counting.

Kingston’s pitching has been dynamite this season, throwing 10 shutouts in 23 games. If Kingston’s bats can remain hot in state Final Four, starting Friday in Binghamton, the Tigers will be a tough out.

“All season, we have kind of struggled with the bats so getting it going today heading into the Final Four feels great,” said senior second baseman Tyler Kelder, who went 5-for-5. “We have so much confidence in our pitching and now that our hitting is going well, there’s nothing better than that.”

Short, the winning pitcher, had a hit in each of the last three innings (two singles and a double).

Tremper didn’t have an official at-bat in his first four plate appearance. He walked twice and laid down two sacrifice bunts. Tremper doubled in the seventh inning to drive in Short and was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the hit to a triple.

Kivlan added three singles and scored a team-high four runs. Kelder had three infield singles among his five hits. Genther drove in three runs. McNutt, a sophomore called up from jayvee before the postseason, also had three RBI.

Coach Mike Groppuso said the five days between the Section 9 championship and Kingston’s first state playoff game helped his hitters prepare. Kingston, ranked third among the state’s Class AA team, has five days between its win over Arlington and its state semifinal against Section 3 champion Liverpool at 3 p.m. Friday at Maine-Endwell High School. Liverpool (21-3), the state’s No. 2 Class AA team, defeated Section 2 champion Niskayuna, the state’s top-ranked team, 5-3 Saturday in a state quarterfinal Saturday night.

Kingston players didn’t rush the field when the final out was recorded (see video below) on a ground out to first baseman Jeff Hayner Saturday. The Tigers still have work left.

VIDEO: The final out of Kingston’s 12-3 state Class AA quarterfinal win over Arlington

VIDEO: Senior second baseman Tyler Kelder on advancing to state Final Four and Kingston’s offensive explosion

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