By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The Kennedy ‘Krew’ will have their work cut out for themselves this weekend.
Over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Boys from Mount Angel will play five games along the Interstate that will push and challenge them. Friday’s 12-0 win over the SBA-Navy squad in six innings due to darkness at Corban University was a step towards the right direction of the goals of a strong showing this weekend.
“It was good, team was just warming up and we’re going to have a good weekend,” said Luke Beyer. “We got the job done and it was good.”
Beyer pitched the sixth inning, striking out all three batters that he saw in relief of Matt Hopkins. Hopkins went five innings with four strikeouts in a starting roll for the Krew, the name of the Kennedy Trojan Fall Ball squad.
Pitching was crucial as their offense saw Cameron Biegel and Korbin Wedding each drive in 2RBI’s in the win. To save arms for their doubleheaders against Umpqua Valley Christian in Roseburg, a rematch of the 2019 2A/1A State Title game, and Sunday’s against Philomath in Turner; it was a matter of being efficient to ensure enough arms for all the inning’s they’ll be playing.
“Pitchers threw great, they saved us from burning up arms so we have enough guys for the next two days,” said Dylan Kleinschmit. “It was really good, a lot of strikes to strikeouts.”
In Friday evening’s game, the Krew built a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning before pushing their lead to 6-0 and would slowly add runs over the final three innings to back their arms.
“It’s nice to know that we can win big and still have to improve on things,” said Kleinschmit, who had an RBI and scored another off a Fielder’s Choice in the sixth.
The doubleheader in Roseburg Saturday starts at 3pm with their doubleheader in Turner at Turner City Park starting at 9am Sunday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald