Kennedy roundup: Softball bounces back against Jefferson 8-1
Kennedy bounced back from a 2-0 loss to 3A Dayton with a convincing 8-1 win over Jefferson (6-4) on Thursday, April 21.
Starting junior pitcher Jenna Hopkins tripled in the first inning to bring in two runs in the first inning, eventually scoring a run herself thanks to a single from senior Morgan Kyle. Jefferson got a run back in the bottom of the second, but it was the only one it would score.
In the top of the fifth inning with a pair of outs on the board, Kyle reached second base on a fly ball error in center field. Freshman Grace Talbot scored on that play. In the next at-bat, sophomore Sailor Hill brought Kyle back around for her second run of the day.
The final flurry of runs came in the top of the seventh, with runs scored from singles by Hill, junior Allison Gooley and freshman Tia Allen. All in all, Kennedy scored its eight runs on 12 hits; Kyle led the way with 3 hits, 2 runs and an RBI. On the rubber was Hopkins, who collected 12 strikeouts and gave up just 3 hits and 1 run.
Kennedy (6-0 in league, 7-3 overall) will face Culver (5-2 overall) in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 26.
In a pair of nonleague games that came together in the wake of the Salem Academy cancellations, Kennedy split the results. The Trojans were successful against Dufur/South Wasco County on Tuesday, April 19, earning a 1-0 victory. In that contest, junior Ethan Kleinschmit struck out 14 batters in 24 faced and allowed just a single run and three walks in his seven innings on the mound.
In a quiet offensive game for the Trojans, it was senior Riley Cantu who led the way. The senior had a hit and an RBI, bringing in junior Luke Beyer for the difference-making run in the first inning. Only Beyer and Kleinschmit recorded hits for the Trojans besides Cantu.
On Friday, April 22, Kennedy faced off against Washington's Toutle Lake at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. The two teams were tied 1-1 through the first three innings, but Toutle Lake took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Kennedy only got three hits and one run in the game. Luke Beyer, Brian Beyer and junior Owen Bruner got the hits; in addition, Bruner scored the lone run.
Kennedy (7-1 in league, 12-2 overall) is scheduled to play Country Christian/North Clackamas Christian (3-11 overall) in the first game of the series on Monday, April 25.
Track and Field
Kennedy track and field teams made the trip up to Colton for a meet against Colton and a host of other teams on Thursday, April 21. Both teams came in second place out of eight teams behind Amity. The girls team accumulated 54.5 points and the boys 25.
On the girls team, sophomore Nora Brenden finished first in the 1,500 meters with a time of 6:04.05, five seconds ahead of second place. The girls 4x100-meter relay team also took first place with a time of 57.61 seconds, thanks to the splits of sophomore Alyse Williams, freshman Amber Handran, senior Kylee Rodriguez, and junior Haley Kline. Williams finished first in the long jump with a season best mark of 13 feet, 9.75 inches. Sophomore Briar Hachenberg finished first in the pole vault with a height of 5 feet, 6 inches.
On the boys team, the 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Jeremiah Traeger, senior Grant Vogel, sophomore Elijah Traeger and senior Stephan Salinas took first place with a time of 49.15 seconds
For full results, please see athletic.net. Kennedy is set to compete against 5A opposition on Wednesday, April 27, when they host Central, Crescent Valley and Silverton.
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