Kendall uses fast start to win sectional opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 May 2023 at 4:39 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Zach Barrett slides safely into second base on a steal as Perry’s Bradley Parsons awaits the throw. The action took place during the host Eagles sectional opening win this afternoon.

A quick first inning scoring burst ignited No. 4 Kendall to a 9-1 win over visiting No. 13 Perry in the opening round of the Section V Class C2 baseball playoffs this afternoon.

The Eagles erupted for four quick runs in the first inning on a double by Louis Conte, an error, a wild pitch and a single by Jimmie Swift. Conte also had a double in the sixth inning.

Kendall later added four big runs in the fifth frame on a wild pitch, a bunt single by Vince D’Agostino, a fielders choice play and a single by Jacek Kwiatkowski to extend the lead to 8-0. A double by Zach Barrett and two walks also aided the uprising.

Nick Cole and Kwiatkowski shared the pitching duties for Kendall combining for a 3 hitter with 12 strikeouts.

Improving to 13-4, Kendall will next face No. 5 Campbell-Savona in the quarterfinals on Monday at a site to be announced. Campbell-Savona nipped No. 12 Caledonia-Mumford 5-4 to advance.

In a Class C1 opener No. 2 Oakfield-Alabama downed No. 15 Holley 30-2.

Kendall’s Vince D’Agostino puts down a bunt to drive in a fifth inning run.

Kendall catcher Jimmie Swift gets the out in foul territory.

Kendall’s Louie Conte dives into third base.