As of the beginning of 2011, Kevin Kennington was “just another B player” who got the call from Brian Floyd with an open invitation to play in Conference USSSA for Taylormade Mizuno. Kennington was very thankful for the opportunity and Taylormade’s trust in him to be a part of the team and play at the high level that was needed in Conference USSSA.
“I like the competition that the game brings, whether it be other teams we face on the weekends or preparing myself during the week to try to be the best player I can be to help my team compete.”
The 2011 Conference USSSA ended with Taylormade Mizuno earning a berth to the Men’s Major World Series where they put on a huge showing, placing second in the tournament behind Resmondo. This shocking feat was in large part thanks to Kennington’s performance where going into the Championship game was hitting a whopping .857. Kennington would finish the series having a career week at the country’s biggest tournament, hitting .760 with 8 Homeruns and 10 RBI.
Kennington’s performance at the USSSA Men’s Major World Series was not forgotten by Laservision/ Supreme going into the 2012 Nationwide Conference USSSA, as he found his way onto their roster for the season and right into a starting role as the teams middle infielder/shortstop.
So far in 2012 Nationwide Conference play, Laservision/Supreme has played in 4 events at 3 different locations. But the location has not mattered a bit and Kevin Kennington has proved that he belongs at the Major Level and is here to stay. Through the first 4 events of this season, Kennington finds himself batting .730 and is already with 28 HR and 84 RBI. To get an idea of how much he has improved on the field, Kennington had 36 HR and 107 RBI all of last season in Conference play. Four tournaments into the 2012 season and he is already close to surpassing his 2011 season totals. By seasons end, one can only imagine that his numbers will have doubled or tripled.
With Hall of Fame teammates like Brett Helmer, Jason Kendrick, and Dal Beggs, you can argue that Kennington will only improve on the field and also off the field. Kevin claims that his most memorable softball moment was “Taylormade Mizuno’s 2nd place finish at the 2011 Major, it was a great tournament and finish for our team.” Many of his teammates that have won the Men’s Major World Series have most likely informed him that winning it can easily take its place.