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KCC baseball stumbles at national tourney

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles' defense let them down at the national tournament on Saturday.

Kirkwood committed seven errors and lost to Madison Area Technical  College, 18-9, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II World  Series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla.

The game was stopped after eight innings due to the college mercy rule.

Kirkwood got off to a fast start and led, 9-1, after three innings,  but the rest of the game was a disaster for the Eagles. Madison  drubbed the Eagles, 17-0, during the next five innings when Kirkwood  committed all seven of its errors.

Kirkwood (42-16-1) will face Scottsdale (29-31) in a losers bracket game on Sunday at 10 a.m. in an effort to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

The Eagles used three of their top starting pitchers on Saturday with  Peyton Long throwing four innings, Adam Ketelsen lasting only one  inning and Cameron Leff throwing two innings. That will make it harder  for the Eagles to bounce back in the losers bracket with Long,  Ketelsen and Leff having already seen action.


McCaffery, Lohaus playing in IVL for Red Top

Connor McCaffery and Tanner Lohaus are best-known as basketball players, but both of them hope to bolster their college baseball careers by playing in the Iowa Valley League this summer.

McCaffery and Lohaus, who were high school teammates in both sports at Iowa City West, will be teammates again on Red Top in the Iowa Valley League.

Red Top will play most of its home games at Iowa City West this season, beginning Sunday with a doubleheader against Norway at 1 p.m.

McCaffery is pursuing both sports at the University of Iowa, but he got off to a slow start this past year as a true freshman. He played in only four games for the men's basketball team and was granted a medical redshirt waiver following a series of health problems, and he also took a redshirt year with the UI baseball team.

McCaffery, an outfielder, still has four years of eligibility with the Hawkeyes in basketball and baseball.


KCC golfers take 5th at national tourney

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team displayed remarkable balance all week and placed fifth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Glen Lakes Golf Course in Foley, Ala.

All five Eagles finished in a cluster, separated by only four shots of each other after 72 holes.

JD Goodfellow led Kirkwood in 17th place at 5-over-par 293. Niall Powell was 23rd at 7-over 295, Max Thrune finished 25th at 8-over 296, Ryan Morrison tied for 27th at 9-over 297 and Dawson Peters also tied for 27th at 9-over 297.

The Eagles posted their best round of the tournament Thursday with a collective team score of 1-under-par 287. Powell fired a 3-under 69 Thursday to lead the way and Peters shot a 1-under 71. Goodfellow, Powell and Thrune were named third team All-Americans.


IVL champs heading 'home' for 2018 season

The Fairfax Stars captured the Iowa Valley League title last season and also claimed the IABA state title to finish a terrific year.

Now the 2018 champions are headed home.

The Stars, who feature a strong nucleus of former Mount Mercy and Kennedy ballplayers, will be playing all their home games on friendly fields this time around.

The Stars have scheduled three doubleheaders on the new turf field at Mount Mercy University and they'll also have two home doubleheaders on Herkelman Field at Kennedy.

The Iowa Valley League, which began way back in 1935, begins its 83rd season this Sunday with three doubleheaders.

The Stars begin the season at Walford, Norway visits Red Top, and Williamsburg plays at Watkins. All of the action begins at 1 p.m.


Kirkwood golfers 6th at nationals

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team enjoyed its best round at  the junior college national tournament this week and stands in sixth place heading into the final 18 holes Thursday.

JD Goodfellow fired a 2-under-par 70 and Ryan Morrison posted a 1-under 71 to help the Eagles stay in contention for a top-5 finish at the NJCAA Division II tournament at Glen Lakes Golf Club.

Kirkwood has a 54-hole score of 884, just two shots out of fifth place.

Goodfellow and Max Thrune are tied for 11th place in the individual standings at 3-over 219. They are currently three shots out of 10th  place.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood is tied for 35th at 8-over 224. Dawson Peters and Niall Powell are tied for 38th at 10-over 226.


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