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Kenedy junior Jennifer Zalanzy was named player of the game by Coach Hinojosa in the win over San Antonio Hawkins in the Kenedy Softball Classic. Jennifer hit an inside the park home run and was the winning pitcher in the victory. The Leopards are ready for district play and know the experience gained from their tournament will be helpful down the stretch.
The Kenedy Leopards went 3 and 3 this past week while competing in the Annual Leopard Softball Classic in Kenedy, Texas. On Tuesday, the leopards traveled to Seguin, Texas to take on Georgetown’s Gateway Preparatory Academy. The Leopards lead 10-9 going into the 6th inning thanks to the strong pitching from Aimee Zapata and some timely hitting from Teryn Schmidt, Emily Richter and Jennifer Zelanzy. However, the error bug hit the leopards again which lead to the leopards eventually losing to Gateway 19-13. Zapata pitched the complete game giving up only 9 hits and 3 earned runs. Kenedy committed 12 errors in the contest. Schmidt went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Richter went 2 for 4 with an RBI and 6 stolen bases. Zelanzy continues to impress the coaching staff going 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and and RBI. According to Head Coach James Hinojosa, “Jennifer has been quiet a surprise for us. We did not really know what she could do but she has fit in well with this team. We knew that the Seniors would be consistent and carry this team, but its nice to know that we have some talented underclassmen.”
The Annual Leopard Softball tournament saw the Kenedy Leopards complete the tournament with 3 wins and 2 losses. The two losses were to bigger schools as Karnes City got a little revenge from last year beating the Leopards this year by a score of 14-1. Kenedy beat Nixon-Smiley, San Antonio Hawkins and New Braunfels Christian Academy. Their other loss was to St. Joe’s out of Victoria. The Leopards finished in 5th place as there were 12 teams in this years tournament. First place went to Pettus, followed by Karnes City, Three Rives, St. Joe’s, and Kenedy.
Even though the Leopards did not have anyone that made the All-tournament team, Coach Hinojosa pointed out some outstanding play by all three Seniors; Richter, Teryn Schmidt and Laurel Vickery. Richter went 7 for 9 with 6 runs scored, 6 RBIs and 9 stolen bases in only 4 games. Schmidt kept her bat hot by going 5 for 10 with 8 runs scored, 4 RBIs and stole 3 bases. Vickery batted .400, going 4 for 10 with 8 runs scored and had 9 stolen bases. Coach Hinojosa also mentioned Zelanzy got 2 wins from the mound and went 7 for 13, 7 runs scored, 9 RBIs and had an inside the park home run. Zapata got the other win and went 6 for 10 with 5 runs scored and had a team high 13 RBIs. Zapata had 3 doubles and one triple.
The Leopards started district play against Runge on Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.