Kenwood Broncos dominate in baseball season opener

Kenwood Academy High School batter Taylor Jackson Jr. gets a hit during the 1st inning of a baseball game against Juarez High School at the baseball field next to the Newport Building, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr., March 18. - Owen M. Lawson III
Kenwood Academy High School batter Taylor Jackson Jr. gets a hit during the 1st inning of a baseball game against Juarez High School at the baseball field next to the Newport Building, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr., March 18.

-Owen Lawson III

By Joseph Phillips
Sports Writer

Thanks to a first inning explosion that featured 17 runs on seven hits and eight walks by the Broncos offense, the Kenwood Academy High School boys baseball team improved to 1-0 on the season with a 20-0  shutout victory over Juarez High School on March 18, at Newport Baseball Field.

“Our guys showed alot of patience at the plate, ” said Chris Green, first base coach at Kenwood. “We took advantage of their pitchers being a little eradict on the mound and that led to a big inning for our team.”

The Broncos 17 run first inning was sparked by senior infielder #15 Taylor Jackson, who tallied two hits and two walks on three runs batted in, giving his team an 9-0 cushion to start the game. Taylor’s patience and hitting at the plate would become so contagious throughout the batting order, that teammate Jared Hunt matched him with two more hits which led to six additional runs scored that inning.

To add insult to injury, the Juarez High School offense batters were stifled, as Broncos pitching phenom Jalil Sumerset would toss four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks on nine strikeouts on his first shutout victory of the season against a non conference team.

“He’s a senior,” Green said. “To come out in his first game and throw nine strike outs and walk two guys, I have to say that’s very impressive.”

Final Score: Kenwood 20, Juarez 0

With the win, the Broncos look to extend their winning streak to three, as they’ll face Mt. Carmel High School on the road , March 21. Gametime 4 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baseball Stadium.

Hyde Park Herald Players of The Game: Taylor Jackson (Kenwood), two hits, two walks and batted in three runs; Jalil Sumerset, pitched four scoreless innings,one hit, two walks, nine strikeouts.

hpherald@hpherald.com