Boys Baseball: Winning Cougars Reach Home Safely

Brandyn Matsumoto, Clarion Staff

Kennedy’s varsity baseball team had an overall record of 16-10 and metro league record of 8-4. Kennedy has made the playoffs for the past five years including this year.

Kennedy’s varsity has many outstanding players but there are a few who led the team statistically. Ethan Pack (class of 2022) led the team with the most runs scored with 25 as well as triples with a total of three. Luke Crawford (class of 2019) led the team in several categories including most hits, 30, and RBI’s with 24. The leaders with the most doubles were Crawford and Zach Enos (class of 2020), with six each.

Ethan Pack (class of 2022) heads toward second base in an early home pre-season game against Armijo H.S. on March 16. Photo by Emma Shoemaker, Clarion staff

Kennedy’s first game against rival McClatchy was a tough loss of 3-0 but, given Kennedy’s hunger to win, they won against them the very next game that they played with the final score being 2-1.

Next was a road game against El Dorado Hills; Kennedy beat their opponents 8-0. Kennedy’s two-game win streak carried into their next game against Grant and Kennedy won, 6-2.

Two days later, against Grant, Kennedy had a heartbreaking lost with a score of 8-7. Getting right back into the action, Kennedy won their next game against Laguna Creek with a score of 11-5. A close game against Bradshaw Christian resulted in Kennedy losing by 8-7.

Their very first tournament game was a blowout win against Bear River with a final score of 14-3. The second tournament game was a loss against Vista del Lago with the final score reported to be 2-0. Kennedy’s third tournament game was against River Valley and a Kennedy victory with a score of 5-0.

Kennedy showed up on enemy turf and beat Burbank by a crushing score of 31-1. What followed was a home game against Burbank again, with Kennedy prevailing with the final score of 11-1.

Hoping to keep their win streak alive, Kennedy snatched a win against Ponderosa, ending their season with a win, 3-1.

Not only was this baseball season just about the game itself, it was also about how a young freshman played on the Kennedy varsity team.  Ethan Pack plays outfield and catcher, and wears jersey number 5.   Pack says, “I’m honored to play on varsity; I’ve really been able to enjoy it because our upperclassmen made it a welcoming environment.”

Pack also says, “I love playing the game and I’m a very competitive person. When I’m on the field I am so in the moment that nothing else matters.”  Remaining focused on the field has helped Pack accomplish his goals in baseball this season, including playing in the Under Armor Preseason All-American games, and being a member of the varsity team itself. Ethan has played baseball since early childhood; his focus and hard work helps him compete at a high level and separates him from the rest of the crowd.

This season was amazing for the Kennedy varsity team, with an overall record of 16-10 and their metro league record of 8-4. Their win percentage is .615 and best win streak is 4 games. Kennedy’s varsity baseball team should be proud with what they have accomplished and continue to strive to be great.

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