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  • Kennedy scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning on Monday to take down Woodhaven 6-4. Photo gallery by Sean McCabe

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Heading into the seventh and final inning Monday it appeared that the Woodhaven boys’ baseball team was in complete control over rival Kennedy. The Warriors (9-12, 7-8 DRL) ldd 4-0 and the Eagles could only muster three lousy hits off starter Remington Sancho through six innings.

Well appearances can be deceiving.

Kennedy (15-10, 9-6 DRL) rallied to plate six runs in the inning on only three hits including a two-out bases clearing triple by Cody Serafin on a full-count pitch from Woodhaven captain Enrique Reboyras that gave the Eagles a 6-4 lead and shocked the Warriors.

“These guys don’t quit and I’m proud of them for that,” said Kennedy Coach Corey Farner. “I was a little disappointed that it took us that long to get into the game because we did come out lethargic, which is not something we expect as coaches.”

“When you’re down 4-0 going into the inning you kind of have to play station to station and hope that they don’t make outs, but that 3-RBI triple by Cody, that’s the game right there.”

Sancho had cruised through the first six innings getting Kennedy to roll over on his fastball as the Eagles had 10 groundball outs, but he appeared to tire in the seventh and his control suffered as a result.

After retiring Jake McLeod to start the inning, Sancho gave up a single, hit a batter and walked another before giving up a 2-RBI single to Tanner Hodges that put Kennedy on the board.

The single was a bit of redemption for the junior utility player after he had failed to get a suicide squeeze down in the fourth inning that would have tied the game at 1-1.

“He’s (Hodges) has been like that all year. He has a very short memory,” said Farner. “He will mess up and then get right back in it his next at bat.”

A groundout and two more walks followed before Serafin’s triple, but Woodhaven skipper Bob Kloss said it was his team’s inability to score early, and not his pitchers, which ended up costing the Warriors the game.

“We could have really busted it open,” said Kloss. “We stranded 11 runners and we had the bases loaded three times, so instead of the score being 7-or-8 nothing we’re only up four.”

“It’s a tough loss, but I’m the proverbial optimist and I think that this can be great learning experience for us.”

Jordan Thayer had an RBI double to go along with two walks and Nolan Schewe had two singles for Woodhaven, which will resume a game tomorrow against Roosevelt that was suspended after two innings.

Serafin pitched five innings for Kennedy to go along with his big hit, striking out five and walking four in the win. Jalen Bartos had two hits for the Eagles who will travel to Lincoln Park on Tuesday to take on the Railsplitters.

Last Updated: 5/20/2014 12:47:12 AM EST