Kennihan Shuts Out Chapel Hill, Wildcats Take The Win
Geena Kennihan threw a one hit shutout as the Wildcats defeated Chapel Hill 16-0 on Thursday. While facing the minimum she had 5 strikeouts while her defense played errorlessly behind her.
Emma Mann got the Tigers sole hit, an infield single to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Mackenzie Kopec then hit into a 1-6-3 double play thus allowing Kennihan to face the minimum.
Emilee Lancaster took the loss for Chapel Hill. She allowed two hits and three runs over one and one-third innings.
East Chapel Hill secured the victory thanks to 11 runs in the third inning. The Wildcats’s big inning was driven by singles by Katie Agatucci, Ella Pedersen, Kayla Characklis, Shelby Swanson, and Claire Pedersen, a walk by Kennihan, a triple by Violet Kehoe, a groundout by Pedersen, and an error on a ball put in play by Kennihan.
East got things moving in the first inning, when Kehoe doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.
The ‘Cats tallied 11 runs in the third inning. Wildcats’s offense in the inning came from singles by Agatucci, Pedersen, Characklis, Swanson, and Pedersen, a walk by Kennihan, a triple by Kehoe, a groundout by Pedersen, and an error on a ball put in play by Kennihan.
The Wildcats tallied 14 hits. Agatucci, Pedersen, Kehoe, and Grace Vincent all collected multiple hits for the Wildcats. Agatucci led East with four hits in four at bats. The Wildcats stole nine bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Pedersen led the way with three.
With the win the Wildcats moved to 11-2 in conference play and secured a 2nd place finish behind undefeated Cedar Ridge. Orange clobbered Northern Tuesday, 14-4 (5), and moved into a tie for 3rd place with the Ladies, both now posting 8-5 records going into the final day of conference play on Thursday. Chapel Hill is in sixth place in the Big-8 and dropped to 4-9 on the season. East hosts Chapel Hill Thursday for the Wildcats’ Senior Day.
Also of note to long time Wildcats fans, both Katie Agatucci and Grace Vincent cracked the 100 career hits during the game Tuesday. They join Claire Pedersen atop the ECH record book. (see photo)
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