Trojans amass 14 hits in win to advance to 2A/1A state quarterfinals

PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy senior Emily Frey slides into second in the opening inning of the Trojans' 15-2 win over Gaston in the first round of the 2A/1A state playoffs on May 24. Frey went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in the victory. 
Fresh off of earning the top seed through the 2017 2A/1A state softball playoffs, the No. 1 Kennedy Trojans burst out of the gate in their postseason opener, downing the Gaston Greyounds 15-2 on May 24 to return to the state quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

The Trojans (18-5, 15-0 Special District 2) needed very little time in picking up their second first round playoff victory in as many years, defeating the visiting Greyhounds (13-9, 10-2 Special District 1) in just 65 minutes at Kennedy High School behind a combination of aggressive hitting and near-perfect pitching.

"We're starting to hit the ball a little bit more consistently," Kennedy head coach Walt Simmons said, crediting the bottom half of the lineup for picking up some key hits and keeping the offense rolling. "Today they came through, (and) I think that made a big difference."

Kennedy accumulated 14 hits and took advantage of multiple errors from Gaston to score the biggest first round victory of any team in the state playoffs. The offensive machine began in the first round when the Trojans rallied with two outs to plate four runs to go up early.

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