State baseball: Cedar Rapids Kennedy dismantles Linn-Mar

State baseball: Cedar Rapids Kennedy dismantles Linn-Mar

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State baseball: Cedar Rapids Kennedy dismantles Linn-Mar

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It took more than three innings for Cedar Rapids Kennedy to transform into noisy neighbors.
But then the second-ranked Cougars finished the game with multiple runs in each remaining at-bat to pound division rival Linn-Mar of Marion 13-1 and advance to Friday’s Class 4-A semifinals.
“We knew what was coming and ended up hitting them pretty well,” said Kennedy senior Cody Bell. “It was just a matter of time before we got our bats rolling.”
Kennedy (33-6) knocked out the Lions by beating them for the third time in four meetings this season.
Josh Jahlas and Bell each scored three runs at the top of the Cougars’ order.
“It wasn’t so tough that our guys didn’t score, but that they kept piling up those big innings and that was the difference,” Linn-Mar coach Chad Lechner.
Linn-Mar pitcher Jake Stolley allowed just one baserunner in the first three innings. The rout began once Kennedy scored on an outfield error.
“I thought we were going to rebound after that, but when we didn’t score I think they just got all the momentum out of us,” said Linn-Mar junior Nate Greve, who finished the game on the mound.
Kennedy senior pitcher Alex Hayden tallied his 11th win. The team’s shutout was broken up in the sixth inning. Hayden didn’t pitch in the three previous games.
“We were all really jacked for this game,” Hayden said. “We’re a good hitting team, so we know we’re going to get those chances late in the game.”
The Mississippi Valley Conference foes played a tight June doubleheader after a big Kennedy win in May.
“They know us as well as we know them, but it happened to work out in our favor,” Bell said.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy last reached the semifinals in 2010, when it won the championship.
Kennedy 000 233 5–13 11 0
Linn-Mar 000 001 0–1 7 1

Hitting leaders–K: Jahlas 2×4, Bell 3×5, Ambrosy 3×4; LM: Greve 2×4. W–Hayden. L–Stolley. S–Lloyd.

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