The Sophomore J-Hawks faced off against the Kennedy Cougars in the curtain raiser on Monday night. Although rain was spotty and the weather was unpredictable, the field stayed playable throughout the evening. Kane Kramer started the game for the J-Hawks, pitching 5 and 1/3 innings giving up only two earned runs. He came out firing to begin the game cruising through 3 scoreless innings. Dakota Hulsing relieved him and kept the Cougars at bay. Kennedy struck first with two runs in the 4th inning. The J-Hawks answered with a run of their own in the bottom as Kramer led off with a double and eventually scored by a fielder's choice hit by Chaise Donner. They would tack on runs in the 5th aided by a leadoff single by Rhett Thompson, followed by a bunt single by Tyler Unkel. Another sacrifice bunt by Dedrick Hawkins moved the runners over as Kramer hit a groundball to firstbase which was misplayed scoring the first runner. The catcher at home blocked a throw, but it skipped away and with no one covering home Unkel scampered to score the run. Kennedy took advantage of errors to advance and score two runs in the 6th to take the lead. In the 7th, pinch hitter Isiah Williams hit a single to right-center to lead off the inning. The J-Hawks bunted him over, but could not push him across to tie the game.
Jefferson plays Kennedy again tomorrow with the Sophomore game beginning at 5:00.