By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– As much as their 12-0, five-inning win over North Douglas was a nice revenge after the last time the two teams met in the 2A/1A State Title game two years ago, it was still a humbling experience as their last meeting.
For the Trojans, the 9-0 start is a cause to let their minds wander, but success isn’t anything new for Kennedy. Staying within themselves and focusing on the task at hand.
“It’s not hard for us to be humble because we’ve been humbled before. A few years back when we came to the Championship (Game) and got humbled, I think we’re just trying to have fun with everything,” Ellie Cantu said. “We don’t look at stats or anything, we just try to show up and do our best. Enjoy what we got and what’s in front of us.”
They all had a job to do. Each knew their responsibility, being a part of the machine that is Trojan softball.
Kennedy led 3-0 after one over the Warriors. Jenna Hopkins continued her incredible sophomore year with her retiring six of the first seven batters via strikeout. Hopkins finished with 10-strikeouts and allowed a Hallie Vaughn single as her only blemish on her stat-line.
Doing her part as the Trojans scored eight-runs in the second inning, separating themselves from North Douglas leading 11-0 going into the third inning.
“It’s been really important because you’re setting the tone. Defense we’re going to be solid and that we can compete with anybody as long as we can keep them from scoring as many runs as possible,” Hopkins said. “On offense, just keep hitting the ball and score a lot of runs.”
They’ll need both going into this final week of games that include Gladstone Wednesday. Kelsey Kleinschmit drove in 3RBI’s, Cantu four including a sac-fly in the third that made it a 12-0 game Friday afternoon.
Only once this season the Trojans scored under ten runs, speaking volumes to how well their offense has been this season. Going hand-and-hand with their defense that’s permitted four runs over the course of their first ten games this season.
“Our offense has been pretty strong, our base running…be smarter about that. Placing our hits and communicating. Just keeping the energy up, the game’s we can get low in energy. I say keep the energy up, but overall, I feel like we did pretty good,” Cantu said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald