Things are looking positive for the Kennedy baseball team following the team’s first eight games of the season.

The Trojans went 4-2 in the preseason with losses to No. 1 Knappa and No. 6 Umpqua Valley Christian. Kennedy followed with a pair of big wins in the first week of conference play, 8-0 against Perrydale on March 31 and 20-1 over Santiam on Friday.

“Overall, we’ve been pretty happy,” head coach Kevin Moffatt said. “We’ve been playing pretty good defense, and for the most part, our pitchers have been throwing strikes.”

This year’s team features a mix of veterans, as well as some younger faces dotting the roster.

“We have a few guys who have been around for a while,” said Moffatt. “We don’t have that dominant pitcher that a couple teams have out there, but I think we have nine pretty good baseball players out there.”

The strong start has Kennedy ranked No. 5 in the OSAA polls, and Moffatt is staying cautiously optimistic heading into the meat of the conference schedule.

“We’ve got a decent mix of some older guys and some young kids,” Moffatt said. “I don’t know what the season will hold exactly, but I think if we work hard, we’ll have a chance to be in the hunt for a playoff spot at the end of the season.”

The Trojans were scheduled to host Regis Monday, followed by road games at Waldport Wednesday and at St. Paul Saturday afternoon.

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