It was kind of a “no-contest” for most of the season in Class “C” of Southern Hills Youth League softball. The Manchester Lady Hounds, coached by John Kennedy, ran roughshod over most of the competition, finishing the regular season 10-0, and then winning three tournament games to sweep the regular season and tourney titles with a final undefeated mark of 13-0.
The statistics play out well for Kennedy’s girls, who never gave up more than four runs in a game and on offense scored in double digits in all but two of their outings, outscoring their opponents 238-30. The Lady Hounds six times scored over 20 runs in a single contest and hit the 19 mark twice in the post-season tournament.
“We obviously had very good pitching, led by Gabby Brown and Brooke Kennedy,” said Coach Kennedy. “Both girls have good velocity with two very good off-speed pitches in a change-up and a drop ball. Whenever those two weren’t available, Jada Francis and Rebecca Solis were more than capable of filling the void.”
“We also had a very strong offensive lineup from top to bottom.”
The Lady Hounds may have faced their toughest game of the year in their final one as they faced off with Peebles for the Class “C” tourney title. The Lady Indians put up their best effort to try and spoil the Lady Hounds’ unblemished record but in the end Manchester pulled out the 4-1 victory over Coach David Mills’ squad.
Coach Kennedy knows that it was a team effort that helped his young ladies achieve a perfect season.
“We had a very good core group of girls who have played together for years, but we also had a few first year players and one girl that hadn’t played for five years,” said the Manchester head man. “Those new players were important not only in terms of having enough players, but also because they all made major contributions to the success of the team.”