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HEBRON ESTATES – North Bullitt senior Anthony Kennedy has always wanted to play baseball in college.
He will get that chance this fall after signing recently to play at Brescia University located in Owensboro.
In the end, the decision to sign with Brescia was pretty simple – they made the best financial offer for Kennedy and his family. The only other school that Kennedy considered was Berea College.
“It was real small down there and I like that,” Kennedy said of his visit to the school in April. “Then they offered the scholarship and that was it.”
The 18-year old son of Tabitha Comito and Donald Kennedy will be looking to play the outfield for the Bearcats. Kennedy, who has a younger sibling, Evan, will be looking to major in Engineering Technology at Brescia.
Kennedy began his baseball path as a 4-year old playing in the YMCA league. He then switched to the Blue Lick Optimist League where he played for the next ten years. As an eighth-grader he joined the North Bullitt program and he has been a member of the Eagles’ varsity program for the past three seasons.
This summer, Kennedy is playing for the Louisville Elite traveling squad.
Kennedy actually picked Brescia based on academics first. He had a 3.0 GPA at North Bullitt. Still, the baseball aide will help with the cost of college.
“I emailed the coach and said I was interested and that their school had what I was interested in,” Kennedy recalled. “He then set up a workout for me and I went down and that went well. He emailed me a few weeks later and said they had an offer.”
Most high school seniors when asked about a favorite memory from their sport often select something during the final season or two. Kennedy pointed to an event from his first season as a starter in the outfield.
“I have to say it was from my sophomore year in the district tournament,” Kennedy pointed out. “I made a diving catch in the right-centerfield gap and we went on to beat Southern (and reach the regional tournament).”
Batting at the top of the order for the Eagles during his senior season, Kennedy finished with a .301 batting average with an on-base percentage of .456. He played in all 39 games for the North Bullitt with five doubles, three triples and a home run. Kennedy scored 33 runs and drove home 24 runners. He also stole 12 bases.
“We moved him to centerfield as a sophomore because he was a tremendous defensive player,” North Bullitt head coach Brian Wise said. “Any offense at that point was a bonus. We were sure he would take away enough offense from the other team to pay off for us.
“He turned into a nice offensive player,” the coach added.
Kennedy could quickly help the Bearcats as they went 23-34 last season. Brescia plays in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The team was 10-10 in conference play and went 2-2 in the conferences’ post-season tourney.