Kennedy trying to even league record before showdown with rival Cypress

By Ted Apodaca

Kennedy High’s baseball team opened Empire League play last week, splitting two games against Western High. The Fighting Irish dropped a nine-inning game to the Pioneers, 5-4, but bounced back on Friday with a 3-1 win at Western High.

Kennedy sophomore Sam Moctezuma pitched a complete game, allowing just one run, while striking our seven. Western had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Fighting Irish rallied in the top of the fourth.

Senior outfielder Katsu Yoshida drove in all three runs with a bases loaded triple that set up Kennedy for the eventual win. Senior Isaiah Martinez had a hit and a run, while Jacob Marcroft and Tyler Beckler each added hits.

On April 11, the Fighting Irish had a 4-2 lead going into the sixth inning, before Western rallied for two in the sixth to eventually send the game into extra innings. The Pioneers got a single, walk and RBI single in the top of the ninth and held on for the win at Kennedy. Martinez had a hit, run and two RBIs for the Kennedy, while Yoshida and Eric Morales also drove in runs.

Kennedy fell to Tustin, 5-1, at Tustin on Wednesday. The fighting Irish (1-2) will try to event the series today at 3:15 p.m. at home against the Tillers.

Next week, Kennedy and rival Cypress will play on Wednesday at Cypress and Friday at Kennedy. Both games are scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

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Photos by Ted Apodaca
Jacob Marcroft slides into second for a stolen base, as the throw is off line.
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Katsu Yoshida drives a pitch for an RBI hit in the Empire League opener for Kennedy High last week.
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Reilly Griffin scoops up a ground ball for an out.
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Isaiah Martinez delivers a pitch in the fighting Irish’s Empire League opener.
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Eric Morales lays down a sacrifice bunt.

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