The Kennett American Legion baseball team put the finishing touches on one of its best ever regular seasons earlier this week.
With its 2-1 extra innings victory over West Chester at Unionville High School on Monday night, Kennett captured the Chester County League's regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs.
The Colts finished 16-2 overall in the regular season and won the league's South Conference by five games over Caln.
"It's quite an accomplishment for these kids," said Kennett manager Jim Smedley. "You always wanna shoot to be first and this is a great, great league. It really means a lot because this has been a four-year building process to come from nothing basically, a team who had been 2-18."
As the No. 1 seed in the playoffs Kennett was scheduled to face eighth seeded Westtown in the first round of the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday, July 8. That game occurred after our paper's deadline.
The playoffs are scheduled to continue on Thursday (July 9) and Friday (July 10). The finals are then set to be played at Owen J. Roberts High School on Saturday (July 11) and if necessary on Sunday (July 12).
As the top seed, Kennett will play all of its playoff games at home (Unionville High) until it reaches the finals.
Last year, Kennett rallied from the eighth and final seed in the tournament to reach the championship. They lost to Norchester, though, in the finals.
This summer, they aim to turn the tides and complete the sweep of the regular season and league playoff titles.
"That's our goal," said Smedley. "We want to play in the Region 3 Tournament and to play in that we have to win our league tournament.
"There's no quit in our team. We only have two losses and both were by just one run. And of our 16 wins we were behind a lot of times, and we always fight back. They seem to find a way to win."