Local Sports Journal
The Eagles of Kent City repeated as Division 3 district baseball champions with a convincing 10-4 win over Oakridge.
Kent City took a 7-2 lead with a five-run fifth inning and tacked on three more runs in the seventh.
Pitcher Jake Krueger lasted 5 1/3 innings for Kent City, giving up 14 hits and four earned runs. Krueger also had two strikeouts and gave up no walks.
Stepping in for the save was Austin Thompson, who allowed no hits or walks and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings. Thompson also had for a single and scored run for Kent City.
“The boys have been working for this all year and today they showed it,” said Kent City baseball coach Derek Larson. “Defense and pitching have been great all year as it was today. Offensively, the boys came out hungry to defend their district title.”
Kyle Boyd led the charge for Kent City with two two doubles, a single and two RBI. Boyd also scored two runs.
Kent City had 12 hits as a team and had five players with multiple hits. Cody Chipman had a double, a single and two RBI. Tyler Hawkins and Justin Phillips each had two hits and two RBI for Kent City. Ryan Busse had a double and a single.
Kent City ringed out five runs in the fifth inning and three more in the seventh. The Eagles came back after trailing 2-1 through four innings.