By Jeremy McDonald
CORVALLIS, Ore.–For the first time ever, the Kennedy Lady Trojans are bringing home the State Championship Trophy back to Mount Angel.
Nerves were there no doubt, but Tressa Riedman and her defense went to work as Riedman’s defense only permitted one hit in five innings.
“There weren’t that many nerves just because, we knew one pitch at a time and we knew they were going to be tough coming into it and we just got to take a deep breath and every pitch be ready,” said Molly Jaeger on entering the game.
The offense took a bit to find its groove, but a Sacrifice fly by Kalyssa Kleinschmidt and a throwing error settle in as they built a 8-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning.
“It was really awesome, I think that just made us realize that we’re so close of winning this thing and it got us even more pumped up,” said Kalyssa Kleinschmidt as the Kennedy Trojan offense produced 11 hits Friday afternoon. “I mean the whole game, just hits. It’s awesome.”
After striking out 11 and her entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Riedman sent a RBI double to make it 9-0 with a runner at third with the bases being loaded a few moments later.
A few pitches later however, the celebration started when Jaeger brought in the big run to end the game in five, 10-0. The hit, went over first base to give Kelsey Kleinschmit enough room to score the game-ending run as her teammates came out of the dugout to greet her and the base-runners came in to celebrate the Title.
Jaeger had no doubt that her hit, or anyone else outside of her could have made that hit as the Senior did to end her High School career.
“That felt awesome just knowing that bases loaded and they’re their for you, and even if I wouldn’t have got it, I knew the next person would have got it too right away,” said Jaeger who went 2-for-4 on the game.
Hailey Arritola had a team-high 3RBIs in the win as six Trojans recorded a RBI in their first-ever title win. Speaking of that, it was a goal of there’s since the season to get here to this game and the rest will figure itself out.
“It feels amazing honestly, it’s awesome we love it. That was our goal at the beginning of the season was getting here to this game,” said Jaeger.
And though they’re losing some big seniors like Reidman, Abby Frey, Jaeger and Arritola, the returners like Kleinschmidt know that there’s a target on their backs entering 2019.
“We’re just going to keep working hard, we’re losing a few pretty good seniors so we just have to comeback from that but we still got a good team and we work really well together,” said Kleinschmidt.
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