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Jackson stars as Kirkwood sweeps Lakeland

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Taylor Jackson enjoyed a remarkable day for the Kirkwood baseball team Saturday.

Jackson went 8-for-9 with six RBIs as the Eagles swept Lakeland Community College, 16-5 and 10-0, as part of their spring trip to Florida.

The twin-killing lifted Kirkwood to a 5-6 record for the 2019 campaign.

Jackson was 6-for-6 with a triple, three runs and five RBIs in the 16-5 victory in the opener. The fleet center fielder served as the designated hitter in Game 2 and went 2-for-3 with two runs and another RBI.

Zion Pettigrew was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs in the first game. Levi Usher also went 3-for-5 and scored three times. Gabe Lux scored four runs in the ballgame. Corey Graham was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Kirby Kerr drove in two runs and D'Eric Shenault scored twice.

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Menster sparkles for Mount Mercy

Tawny Menster sparkled as a hitter and a pitcher for Mount Mercy Saturday as the Mustangs swept a Heart of America Conference doubleheader from Waldorf at Busse Field.

Menster went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs as the Mustangs won the first game, 9-7.

Menster moved from right field into the pitcher's circle for Game 2 and allowed only one earned run on seven hits as the Mustangs took the nightcap, 7-2, for the sweep.

The non-conference victories lifted Mount Mercy to 5-5 for the campaign.

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Campbell helps Mustangs split

Dylan Campbell pitched six strong innings Saturday to help Mount Mercy split a Heart of America Conference doubleheader against Culver-Stockton at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Mount Mercy took the nightcap, 5-3, with Campbell allowing only one unearned run on five hits in his impressive outing. He struck out four batters and did not walk anyone.

Culver-Stockton edged the Mustangs in the first game, 4-3.

The doubleheader was originally scheduled at Culver-Stockton, but the games were switched to Mount Mercy to take advantage of the artificial turf at the Plaster Complex. The Mustangs were the visiting team in both games on their home field.

The split left Mount Mercy at 7-11 overall and 4-6 in the conference. Culver-Stockton is 5-12 overall and 1-3 in the league.

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Vander Poel shines for Mustangs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kathryn Vander Poel of Mount Mercy enjoyed a successful day at the Rhodes College Invitational track meet in Memphis Saturday.

Vander Poel finished second in the 800 meter run in 2 minutes, 18.1 seconds and placed third in the mile in 5:15.51.

Andrea Ertz of Mount Mercy placed fifth in the mile in 5:17.33, less than two seconds behind Vander Poel as the Mustangs made a strong showing in the event.

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Usher helps Eagles split in Florida

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Levi Usher had a big day for the Kirkwood Eagles Friday as they split a doubleheader with Oakton Community College on their spring trip to Florida.

Oakton won the first game, 9-8. Kirkwood rebounded with a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, leaving the Eagles with a 3-6 record.

Usher, a freshman right fielder from Cedar Rapids Prairie, went 4-for-7 in the twinbill  with three runs, five RBIs, a double, a home run, three stolen bases and a walk.

Usher went 2-for-3 in the 9-8 loss in the opener with a double, home run and three RBIs. Taylor Jackson was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Corey Graham had two hits and Jamarion Loston scored twice. Joel Vaske hit a solo home run.

The opener was tied, 8-8, headed into the bottom of the seventh. Oakton scored with two outs for the victory.

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