Kennedy softball, baseball unchallenged to open season
The Kennedy softball team continued its dominant play to open the 2021 season.
The Trojans took down Culver 15-0 on April 20 and followed with a 17-0 win at Central Linn on April 22 to improve to 4-0 in the first two weeks of spring play.
Kennedy has yet to play a full regulation game in its four victories, winning each contest by mercy rule, including a pair of three-inning games against Jefferson on April 13 and Culver. In total, the Trojans have played just 16 innings in two weeks, outscoring opponents by a 67-0 margin.
The Trojans were scheduled to begin a three-game homestand this week, beginning with a Monday contest against Regis (0-2), followed by Tuesday vs. Toledo (5-0) and Wednesday against St. Paul (0-2).
The Kennedy baseball team has nearly matched the efficacy of its softball counterparts, cruising to a trio of double-digit victories last week to improve to 5-0 on the season.
The Trojans swept the Santiam Wolverines (0-4) in a pair of 12-0 wins to open the week on April 19 and April 21 and finished with a 14-2 win at St. Paul (4-1) on Friday.
Like the softball team, the Kennedy baseball team has yet to play a full seven-inning game, winning all five of its games by mercy rule while combining to outscore opponents 74-3.
The Trojans were scheduled for a rematch against St. Paul on Monday, followed by a home-and-away series against Colton (1-4) on Wednesday and Friday to finish the week.
Track and Field
Kennedy hosted four teams in an unscored Special District 2 meet on April 22.
Led by Jeremiah Traeger and Ruben Ramirez, the boys team won nine events on the day. For the second week in a row, Ramirez won the discus (94-4.5) and javelin (126-0) events, coming up just short of his season-opening marks at East Linn Christian on April 15.
Traeger picked up a pair of wins in the 110 hurdles (18.96) and 300 hurdles (51.46), while the quartet of Stephen Salinas, Dakota Heard, Eli Dover and Gianni Velazquez swept the relay events, winning the 4x100 in 49.93 and the 4x400 in 4:08.00.
Velazquez added a win in the pole vault by clearing 8-1. Jose Salazar picked up a first-place finish in the 400 (57.93) and Raul Juarez added a win in the 800 (2:36.40) to round out the boys.
Senior Emma Beyer led the girls team winning the long jump (14-7) and 200 (28.09). Cassie Traeger added Kennedy's only other victory for the girls team with a time of 6:10.02 in the 1,500.
A handful of Trojans took home runner-up finishes on the day, with Camila Najera setting a new personal best in the triple jump with a second-place mark of 27-05. Senior Kiley Heard followed just behind Beyer in the long ump with a PR of 13-7.
Junior Kylee Rodriguez took a second-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:51.60 and teamed with Najera, Beyer and Haley Kline to place second in the 4x100 relay in 56.04.
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