Kennett wins 2nd straight district baseball title

CAPE GIRARDEAU (Daily Dunklin Democrat) - For a second straight season the Kennett Indians entered the final inning of the Class 3, District 1, baseball championship trailing by two runs.

"We needed to relax and just play baseball the final inning," Kennett coach Aaron New said. "We were in the same spot last year. I told the guys before they batted 'you are not going to win this game if you don't believe you are going to win it.'"

Kennett's offense rallied in a must-score situation yet again, plating four runs on just three hits in the final inning on its way to a 6-4 district championship win against the state-ranked Notre Dame Bulldogs.

"We had been there before," Kennett No. 5 hitter Collin Smith said. "This team doesn't give up and we are not going to go down without a fight. In the state tournament we are not going down easy. A team is really going to have to get us good."