Kennedy Venner wins Gatorade for softball

Kennedy Venner wins Gatorade for softball
Billings Senior freshman Kennedy Venner delivers a pitch during a one-hit performance May 23, 2019 against Kalispell Glacier during the Class AA State tournament at Stodden Park. (Butte Sports file photo)

Billings Senior pitcher Kennedy Venner was named the 2021-22 Gatorade Montana Softball Player of the Year, Gatorade announced today.

Venner is the daughter of Butte natives Mark “Bubb” and Trish (Dennehy) Venner. Both parents were standout athletes in the Mining City Mark at Butte Central and Trish at Butte High.

This past season, Kennedy Venner, the 5-foot-8 right handed pitcher and shortstop, led the Broncs to a 23-3 record and the Class AA state championship. Venner compiled a 16-1 record in the pitcher’s circle with a 1.09 ERA. She struck out 262 batters will giving up just 66 hits in 112.1 innings pitcher.

Venner fired two no-hitters, including one perfect game. She batted .250 with two hom runs.

“Kennedy lifted (Senior) to the state championship,” Billings Skyview coach Mike Falcon said in a press release. “She was on a whole different level than anyone else in the state. She was the (state’s) most dominant pitcher in years.”

Carrying a 4.14 GPA, Venner has singed an NAIA National Letter of Intent to play softball at Carroll College.

Gatorade is in its 37th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes.



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