Pitching arm of Mormon 'Survivor' helps tribe avoid tribal council

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 5:19 p.m. MDT

Jeff Kent, left, Carter Williams, Jonathan Penner, Katie Hanson, Sarah Dawson and Dana Lambert of the Kalabaw Tribe during the Immunity Challenge on the fourth episode of "Survivor: Philippines," Wednesday on the CBS Television Network.

Monty Brinton, CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Retired Major League baseball player Jeff Kent helped keep his tribe from tribal council during Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: Philippines.”

Day 9 on the island was rainy and chilly as the members of each tribe seemed to be refining their strategy and alliances.

Day 10 was the immunity challenge, which included three different tribe members carrying six pots of rice two at a time through a muddy obstacle course and putting them in holders. Once all six were on the holders, all three of the tribe’s participants had to crawl under the obstacles and one tribe member had to break the pots with a tethered ball.

The Kalabaw Tribe got off to a slow start when 24-year-old Carter Williams dropped one of the two pots he was carrying and had to start again. Jonathan Penner, 50, who was previously on “Survivor: Cook Islands” and “Survivor: Micronesia,” was the second person to go.

Forty-four-year-old Kent, of the Kalabaw Tribe, slowly but steadily took his turn carrying the pots through the course and it appeared his tribe might lose.

Kent, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and attends a ward in the of the Austin Texas Oak Hills Stake, threw the tethered ball for his tribe and it came down to the last pot for the Kalabaw and the Matsing tribes. Both Kent and 25-year-old Malcolm Freberg missed the last container and then Kent’s throw missed on the way over but caught it on the way back.

The Tandang Tribe won the challenge and a cooking kit with steaks, spices and a pan to cook them in. The Kalabaw Tribe traded their reward — a pan, knife and a few spices — for a tarp.

The beleaguered Matsing Tribe headed back to Tribal Council for the fourth time in a row. Russell Swan, 45, who had to be medically evacuated from “Survivor: Samoa,” was voted off by Freberg and 41-year-old Denise Stapley.

“You’re down to two, you know what you have to do,” host Jeff Probst told Freberg and Stapley, the two remaining members of the Matsing Tribe. “Keep fighting.”

Utahn Angie Layton, 20, was voted off the island last episode on Day 8.

In the previews for the next episode, it appears that Kent’s knee may be bothering him enough to talk more about it on camera. Also, there were clips of a medical boat coming in, but it was not clear which tribal beach it was heading to.

Kent hit his knee on the first day as he was untying the raft from the boat the castaways were brought out on. He thought he might have torn his MCL and has been wearing a soft brace.

Email: rappleye@desnews.com

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