Kennedy softball shuts out rival San Fernando 4-0 to keep their undefeated league record

Flying high on a seven-game winning streak, the Kennedy Cougars were looking to maintain their unbeaten streak in the Valley Mission League against league rival San Fernando. The San Fernando Tigers hosted the Cougars on Thursday, April 20th, 2023 with first place on the line, as the Tigers possessed a 5-1 league record of their own with their only loss being at the hands of the Cougars earlier this season. With both teams ranked in the top-15 in the Division I L.A. City Section, the 3rd-ranked Cougars took an early lead in the first two innings and shut down the Tigers the rest of the way, powering themselves to a 4-0 shutout win. The Cougars improved their overall record to 12-4 and their league record to 5-0. The Tigers fell to 13-6 on the season and 5-2 in league play.

Senior pitcher Mya Ramirez got the start on the mound for Kennedy against senior pitcher Melissa Cabrera of San Fernando. Kennedy set the tone early in the first inning with back-to-back singles from Mel Velasco and their leading hitter Jennifer Rodriguez. Cabrera was able to get the Cougars down to their final out, when senior Viviana Yanez was able to load up the bases with a single. Ramirez stepped up to the plate and knocked in Velasco with a single of her own. On the next at bat, sophomore Leah Magallanes was hit by a pitch from Cabrera to bring Rodriguez home, putting Kennedy up 2-0.

After Ramirez held the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the 1st, the Cougars added two more singles at the top of the 2nd inning. Rodriguez proceeded to add her second hit of the day to knock in another run for Kennedy. Senior Kiara Martinez followed up with another single to put the Cougars up 4-0.

The four runs by the Cougars in the first two innings was all Ramirez needed, as she showed her dominance on the mound for the rest of the day. She proceeded to strike out the Tigers ten times, with three of them occurring in the bottom of the 5th inning. Ramirez gave up only three hits and two walks for the afternoon. Kennedy head coach Christian Carbajal was pleased with her starting pitchers’ outing, “She did really well coming out, staying strong. Her spins were tight today, all her pitches were working”.

As well as the Cougars have played this season, Coach Carbajal still believes the team has yet to reach their ceiling. She said “I’m excited to see us end strong. We started a little iffy. We actually lost a few games because of the rainout for the tournaments, so I think we’re barely just getting started”. Kennedy extended their winning streak to nine in a dominant 15-0 win over another league opponent when they traveled to Sylmar on Friday afternoon. The Cougars play in the Birmingham tournament on the weekend of April 22. San Fernando will host three of their four final games against the Valley Mission League, as they look to regroup from Thursday’s outing.

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