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Leopards gain ground in district play
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Kenedy’s Emily Richter slides into the base during recent softball competition.
Contributed photo Kenedy’s Emily Richter slides into the base during recent softball competition.
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On Tuesday, March 28, The Kenedy Leopards finished their first round of district play by losing to Yorktown 13-5. The Leopards finished the first round with a 1-5 record however are only two games out of playoff contention for the third and final playoff spot. Head Coach James Hinojosa said, “We could of easily gone 3-3 with tough losses to Runge and Pettus. We are very inexperienced and hopefully the girls are learning what it takes to win close games.” Against Yorktown, the Leopards showed their inexperience as they committed 11 errors which lead to 8 unearned runs. The leopards have been struggling at the plate as well but managed to hammer out 10 hits against Yorktown. However it wasn’t enough. Laurel Vickory went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Jennifer Zalanzy added 2 hits at 5 at-bats and Emily Richter went 3 for 5 and stole two more bases to lead the team with 33 stolen bases on the year.

Senior Emily Richter had a special night for the Leopards. Richter, a four year starter in softball, got her 100th hit at the Varsity level. She played for the Navarro Lady Panthers for two years and was named Newcomer of the Year her freshmen year, all district infielder her sophomore year and continued to excel when she moved to Kenedy. Last year, she moved to catcher and was first team all district. Richter is a left hand slap hitter so she doesn’t over power teams, she just puts the ball in play and uses her speed to get on base. She also has stolen over 100 bases in her high school career and needs 2 more RBIs for 50.

The Kenedy Leopards gained some valuable ground on the third and final playoff spot by handing Runge a defeat by the score of 15-8. The Leopards wasted no time in taking control of the game by scoring 7 runs in the first inning. The Leopards added three more runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to put the game out of reach and take a win away from Runge. Aimee Zapata pitched the entire game for the win to go to 2-3 in district play. Newly added to the Varsity team, Kelli Brown added some much needed power to the line up as she went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. She drove in 3 runs and had two walks on the night. Teryn Schmidt was 2 for 4 and drove in a team high 4 RBIs. Emily Richter went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and a team high 4 runs scored. The Leopards take on Pettus this Tuesday and then will have a bye. Their next game is scheduled for April 4 against Falls City for Parents’ Night.
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