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Kennedy edges Trenton thanks to timely baserunning, strong pitching from Butzin PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • Tyler Butzin and the Kennedy Eagles knocked off the Trenton Trojans in seven innings. Butzin went the distance and struck out seven along the way. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Tyler Butzin and the Kennedy Eagles knocked off the Trenton Trojans in seven innings. Butzin went the distance and struck out seven along the way. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Tyler Butzin and the Kennedy Eagles knocked off the Trenton Trojans in seven innings. Butzin went the distance and struck out seven along the way. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
In a hard-fought contest between two Downriver League foes Wednesday night, it took a heads-up play on the base paths for Kennedy to earn a 2-1 victory against visiting Trenton.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Cody Serafin doubled for the Eagles (6-7, 4-3 DRL) moved to third on a fielder’s choice and then charged home after a routine throw back to the mound got by the pitcher.

“He’s one or best base runners,” said Kennedy Coach Corey Farner. “He’s very aggressive, but he’s smart. He was paying attention the whole time and he won us the game.”

Both teams got strong outings from the starting pitchers, as the Eagles’ Tyler Butzin went the distance and allowed only one hit and struck out seven, while Grant Dukus yielded only four hits for the Trojans (8-4, 5-2 DRL) and didn’t allow an earned run in 6.1 innings of work.

Defensively, both sides came up big, as well, highlighted by Kennedy outfielders gunning down two would-be runs at the plate and Trenton turning a double play in the second inning with the bases loaded.

It was the Eagles who scored first in the game, as Jack Mcleod doubled in the fourth and later crossed the plate courtesy of a wild pitch. For the night, Mcleod was 2-for-2 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

In the top of the fifth, the visitors answered when Jake Nabozny took advantage of a bad pickoff throw to score from third.

An inning later, it appeared the Kennedy had runners on first and third with no outs after a bunt by Chris Delong, but umpires ruled Delong out for stepping out of the batter’s box and Mcleod was sent back to second.

In the top of the seventh, Butzin allowed a base runner after hitting Nabozny, but a double play ended the threat and in the bottom of the inning the Eagles earned the walk-off victory.

Both teams are in action again tomorrow, as Kennedy will travel to Melvindale and Trenton will host Lincoln Park.







Last Updated: 4/30/2014 11:51:34 PM EST

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