Leopard seniors lead the way, but it’s not enough
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A Leopard player prepares to throw during recent softball competition.
Contributed photo A Leopard player prepares to throw during recent softball competition.
The Kenedy Leopards concluded their 2014 campaign with a heartbreak loss to the Yorktown Kats by the score of 12-11. The Leopards plated 3 runs in the First, Second and Fourth innings while scoring one in the second to take a 10-2 lead going into the 6th inning. Behind the bats of Teryn Schmidt, Kelli Brown, Aimee Zapata and the legs of Emily Richter, the Leopards looked to be comfortably in line for the win.

However, the error bug reared its ugly head again as the Leopards committed 4 of their 6 errors in the last two innings. The Kats scored 3 unearned runs in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 10-5. It could have been worse except for an outstanding unassisted double play turned in by Emily Richter, shortstop, to end the threat. With runners on first and second with one out, Richter snagged a line drive shot up the middle which put her behind second base and dove back into second to double up the Yorktown runner for the double play. Kenedy plated a run in the top of the 7th to make the score 11-5 going into the bottom of the 7th. The Kats scored three runs on two more errors by the Leopards but the Leopards had two outs as Yorktown had runners on first and second. With the count 0-2 in favor of Kenedy and only one strike away from claiming the victory; Kenedy watched four straight pitches that went right down the pipe but were not called a strike. According to Head Softball Coach James Hinojosa, “You can’t blame an official but those pitches looked pretty good.” “Our girls played a great game for it to turn out the way it did”. And the way it turned out was the next Kat batter hit a double down the left field line that was misplayed by a leopard and three runs scored to tie up the game. Next batter up lined a shot up the middle that was just out of the reach of a diving Richter’s glove. Kenedy finished the season with a 6-14 overall record and 2-10 in district play.

Brown, Richter, Schmidt and Zapata all finished with 2 hits apiece. Junior Natalie Garcia and Jennifer Zalanzy each were credited with an RBI as well as Richter, Schmidt and Zapata. Brown, Kerry Schmidt and Teryn Schmidt each had a stolen base; Laurel Vickory added two more stolen bases and Richter stole 5 bases on the night. Aimee Zapata ended up with the loss but tossed a complete and solid game for the circle.
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