By Marsiana Pound, Clarion Staff
Our very own girls softball teams, varsity and junior varsity, hit many milestones this year in what some might say has been the best season in 35 years. The varsity team finished the season with a 13-1 win/loss record in Metro Conference games and were ranked in the top 20 in the area. The overall season record for the team was 19-5 including a playoff loss to Pleasant Grove. Although the seniors are graduating, they leave behind a great legacy for under classmates to maintain in 2018 season.
Coach Spatafore who has been at the helm of the team for the past six years after stepping away from the program for a period of time, knows how amazing this team has been, and sees how they have achieved great things in 2017. Kennedy has one of the best infields and lineup of hitters in the area. The spicing on this cake is the high batting averages and GPA’s.
For the first time, since 1982, Kennedy won the share of the Metropolitan Conference, splitting league games with their biggest rival, McClatchy. No Sac City Unified School District team has played in a Sac-Joaquin Section championship game, Kennedy had hoped to reach that pinnacle but were eliminated in the playoffs in round one by Sheldon HS, a team that has won the section title three straight years including recent victory over Tracy HS. They worked very hard, and achieved that goal.
With the big win, many of the seniors on the team have caught the eyes of many colleges and some players generated scholarship interests.
Mia Santos, a junior shortstop who hit .556 with 16 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs was the team leading hitter. She already received scholarship interest from Cal, Utah, and as well as East Coast schools.
Senior Kiana Lee, who was featured the March Issue of The Clarion was a great role model for Mia and her teammates. Kiana who is one of the best second base players in the league, hit .478 with 31 RBIs and also achieved a 4.42 GPA. She is headed to UC Davis to study neurobiology and play softball.
Danielle Reyes and Lindsay Kawelo were the top two pitchers on the team. Danielle had the best win/loss record (12-3) during the season. Lindsay’s final pitching record was 7-1. Catcher Kim Evans batted .407 in the leadoff position in the lineup.
Kennedy Cole, 3rd baseman hit .460 with 26 RBIs. She is the daughter of Sacramento Bee All-Metro baseball and basketball player at Kennedy in the 1980s, Mark Cole. He coached Kennedy’s baseball team for six years and joined Spatafore as assistant coach this season
Coach Spatafore says the players have earned his respect, and owes their success to their own hard work and excellence on the field of play.