The Kent City Varsity Softball team opened its season yesterday hosting a double header against conference foe White Cloud. Alyssa Larson took the mound in game one. She pitched a complete game, striking out 8 and walking 7. Larson also helped her own cause with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to put Kent City in the lead for good. Triples were a hot commodity as Kennedy Campbell knocked two and Kenzie Bowers had one. Mikayla Loew added two singles and a double, while freshman Samara Kolehouse opened her varsity career with a single and a double. In total, Kent City had thirteen hits, six of them for extra bases. The Eagles won game one 9-6.
Game two was a back and forth affair from the beginning. Kent City jumped to a 4-1 lead early behind Mackenzie Mortensen in the pitching circle. The Indians kept answering back with their own offensive power though. After four innings, the game was knotted 6-6. Kent City kept their bats hot, despite the cold, windy conditions with ten extra base hits! Bowers, Campbell, Larson, and Loew all had multiple extra base hits. Kenzie Bowers crushed a three-run homer in the sixth to give Kent City a one run lead. With darkness creeping in, the game continued. White Cloud scored once in the top of the seventh inning to again tie the game. The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double from Lauren Schicke, but they were unable to convert. The game was officially suspended because of darkness, tied 9-9 after seven complete innings.
Looking ahead, the Eagles will play host on Saturday in the 5th Annual Kubasiak Neighborhood Tournament. Kent City is a co-host with Ravenna. The Eagles will play Tri-County at 10 a.m. and Cedar Springs at 2 p.m. The winner of the Kent City pool will play for the championship against the winner of the pool at Ravenna, which includes Fremont, Orchard View, and Ravenna. The title game will be at Kent City at 5 p.m.
By Jim Jakiemiec