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April 9, 2013 > Kennedy gains respect at Easter Classic

Kennedy gains respect at Easter Classic

Submitted By Mike Heightchew
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Eagle Easter Classic Tournament, hosted by American High School, held March 30 - April 3, was an opportunity for Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) baseball teams to assess their strength. J.F. Kennedy Titan baseball has become a force to be reckoned with, entering the tournament on a six game winning streak and sharing the MVAL lead at 2-0 with Newark Memorial Cougars and Washington Huskies.

The Titan offense showed up early to stymie Sacred Heart Cathedral with a 6-0 shutout. Mt. Eden suffered the same fate as the Titans rolled 7-0 on their way to the championship game. Facing Division 1 Freedom Falcons (Oakley) in the championship game proved much more difficult as the Freedom's powerful lineup of hitters quickly scored runs early. But, as they have done repeatedly this season, Titan resolve was evident as they battled to close the gap. This time, however, the game was put out of reach when a well-hit rocket to Center Field by Kennedy's Lokesh Nanda, just missed clearing the fence. Final score: Freedom 10, J.F. Kennedy 5.

Tommy Bass of the Irvington Vikings had a good day in a Saturday game of the tournament as he waited for just the right pitch in the 7th inning to drive in the go-ahead run, as the Vikings held on to beat Fremont Christian 2-1.

The Hayward Farmers played hard but came up just short of victory in their games as they lost to Sacred Heart Cathedral 5-7 and Irvington 3-1.

Mt Eden beat Andrew 6 t0 3 and Fremont Christian 6-0 but was knocked out of championship play when they lost to Kennedy 7-0.

American's Eagles, host of the Tournament, suffered the same fate as the Titans when they faced Freedom who made good use of 13 hits in a 10-0 Falcon shutout.

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