Baseball: Kennedy ousted by Sherman in 11-4 first round loss
The Kennedy baseball team closed out the season on the road with an 11-4 loss to the No. 7 Sherman/Arlington/Condon in the first round of the 2A/1A state playoffs on May 24.
Despite the seemingly large gap between the two teams in the final score, the game was close throughout much of the contest thanks to the strong play of seniors Jack Suing and Brett Traeger.
The duo provided most of Kennedy's offensive firepower with Suing going 3-for-4 with a double and Traeger hitting 3-for-3 with a home run and pitching a strong game on the mound.
"He did everything you could ask for him to succeed," head coach Kevin Moffatt said.
Traeger gave up two earned runs and didn't give up any walks, but the game was decided by missed opportunities from Kennedy and an opportunistic offense on the part of the Huskies.
Kennedy led 1-0 after the first inning, but could have had more, leaving the bases loaded at the end of the first.
In the bottom half of the inning, a pair of errors allowed the Huskies to put two runners on base and bring them all home on a 3-run shot over the fence to make it a 3-1 ball game.
Kennedy tied it back up at 3-3, but once again left the inning with the bases loaded.
In total, the Trojans left 14 runners on the bags throughout the game. Add in seven errors that led to nine earned runs and Kennedy simply couldn't swim against the tide.
But Moffatt gave credit to the Sherman players after the game, noting that the Huskies were simply the better team on offense.
"They were definitely the best hitting team that we've seen this year 1-through-9. All their guys could hit," Moffatt said. "They reminded me of (No. 5) Reedsport in that fashion."
The loss marked the final game for the Trojans' six seniors, including First Team All-Conference players Suing and Traeger.
"They had two of the better years that our guys have ever had," Moffatt said.
Traeger doubled as the Trojans' top pitcher while being named to the First Team as an infielder.
Meanwhile, Suing caught every game for Kennedy and was selected by opposing coaches in the Special District 2 as the league's best player, an honor usually reserved for the top player on the league champion team.
"I think that just shows how much respect everybody has for him," Moffatt said.
In total, Kennedy placed six players on the all-conference teams.
Juniors Daniel Moreno and Jorge Espinoza joined freshman Sam GrosJacques on the Second Team, while senior Diego Hernandez was named as an Honorable Mention for his role as a designated hitter for the Trojans.
Special District 2 All-Conference selections
Player of the year
Jack Suing, 12, catcher
Brett Traeger, 12, infield
Daniel Moreno, 11, pitcher
Sam GrosJacques, 9, outfield
Jorge Espinoza, 11, utility
Honorable Mention team:
Diego Hernandez, 12, DH