Friday, August 29, 2014
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MWL - Kane County 3, Kernels 2
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Hu-Dini works his magic for Kernels

BURLINGTON - Chih-Wei Hu is playfully called Hu-Dini by the Cedar Rapids Kernels because he's a great illusionist and escape artist, just like the real Harry Houdini who entertained legions of admirers a century ago.

This Hu-Dini makes batters and potential jams disappear with his artistry on a pitching mound.

Hu did it again Saturday night when he tossed a four-hit shutout for six innings as the surging Kernels blanked Burlington, 3-0, before 2,764 fans on Fireworks Night at Community Field.

Hu made the Bees batters disappear with relative ease. He also took another notch off the Kernels' magic number as the visitors moved onto the verge of clinching a spot in the Midwest League playoffs.


Kernels can taste playoff spot now

BURLINGTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels can start putting the champagne, beer and cider on ice any time they want now.

A cherished spot in the Midwest League playoffs is just a sip or two away and it's nearly time to celebrate.

The Kernels won for the 10th time in their last 11 games Friday by whipping Burlington, 8-2, before 870 fans on a steamy night near the Mississippi River.

When the Kernels hopped on the bus for the ride back to Cedar Rapids Friday night, they left Burlington with an eight-game lead for the final playoff position with only 10 games left in the regular season.


Hinojosa, bullpen lift Kernels by Bees

BURLINGTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels chanted "M-V-P!, M-V-P!" and slapped Jonatan Hinojosa on the back after they rallied to trim Burlington, 6-5, Thursday night before 1,119 fans at Community Field in Burlington.

Hinojosa lined a three-run triple into the right-field corner in the seventh inning to tie the game, 5-5, and then scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

"I like to hit when I've got men on base," said Hinojosa. "I got a chance to get an RBI for the team. I don't worry with men on base. "I was waiting for the fastball and I hit it."

The victory moved Cedar Rapids a step closer to clinching a spot in the Midwest League playoffs with 11 games left in the regular season. The Kernels have won 9 of their last 10 games, in no small part to Hinojosa's arrival from Elizabethton in the Appalachian League last week.

"He's brought some energy, there's no doubt about it," said Manager Jake Mauer. "That was huge. Bases loaded triple. How cow. Brought us back."


WMT ends broadcasts of prep sports

Radio station WMT (AM-600) of Cedar Rapids has decided to stop broadcasting high school football and basketball games, effectively immediately.

WMT has broadcast prep games on a regular basis since at least 1988 and carried events prior to that as well, according to a company employee.

Radio station KXIC of Iowa City also has decided to end its prep broadcasts. Both companies are owned by Clear Channel Communications of San Antonio, Texas, which owns and operates more than 1,200 stations in the United States.

WMT also has ended its football scoreboard show on Friday nights, a program it called "Football Night in Iowa."

WMT employees directed questions about the company's decision to J.J. Cook, the operations manager at WMT, but the Metro Sports Report was unable to reach Cook Thursday.


Kernels fall in sleeper to Bandits

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have won 30 of their last 40 games and are undoubtedly headed to the Midwest League playoffs, but Manager Jake Mauer does not want to see his club develop any bad habits coming down the stretch.

The Kernels saw their eight-game winning streak come to end Wednesday night in a 5-2 snoozer to the Quad Cities River Bandits before 1,673 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels hold a commanding lead over their competitors for a playoff spot with 12 games left in the regular season, so Mauer did not need to hold any closed-door meetings or chew anybody out after his guys committed three errors and a few other mistakes.

Cedar Rapids opens a three-game commuter series at Burlington Thursday night, followed by another three-game commuter series at the Quad Cities. That means six straight days of getting on the bus, playing games, coming right home and doing it again the next day without spending any nights in hotel rooms.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 24 Thursday, Aug. 28
MWL: Quad Cities 8, Kernels 6 MWL: Kane County 3,  Kernels 2
WSOC: Mount Mercy 5, Roosevelt 4 BGLF: MVC Quad, Twin Pines
Monday, Aug. 25 BGLF: MVC Triangular, Pleasant Valley, ppd
MWL: Quad Cities 3, Kernels 2 BGLF: MVC Quad, Jones Park
Tuesday, Aug 26 BGLF: MVC Quad, Dubuque Golf & CC
MWL: Kernels 6, Quad Cities 1 HSVB: Kennedy, Prairie at MVC/MAC Challenge
GSWM: Iowa City West 135, Jefferson 51 WSOC: Mount Mercy at Grace (Omaha), ppd
GSWM: Kennedy 124, Iowa City High 59 MSOC: Mount Mercy at Grace (Omaha), ppd
GSWM: Linn-Mar 99, Newton 87 Friday, Aug. 29
GSWM: Cedar Falls 140, Washington 45 MWL: Kane County at Kernels, 6:35 p.m.
MSOC: Mount Mercy 3, St. Francis Ill. 1 FB: Jefferson at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 27 FB: Kennedy at Iowa City West, 7:15 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 3 Kane County 2 FB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
BGLF: Kennedy, Xavier at Johnston Invitational FB: Marion at Mount Vernon, 7:15 p.m.
CVB: Kirkwood 3, Ellsworth 0 FB: Xavier at Dowling Catholic, 7:15 p.m.
FB: Cedar Valley Christian at Harmony, 7 p.m.
CVB: Iowa Lakes at Kirkwood, 4 p.m.


CVB: Elmhurst Invitational: Coe vs. Spaulding, 4 p.m.; Coe vs. Westminster, 6 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy vs. Roosevelt (Chicago), 6 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Spring Arbor (Chicago), 8 p.m.
WSOC: Illinois College at Coe, 3 p.m.
MSOC: Illinois College at Coe, 5 p.m.
WGLF: Coe at Sail Classic (Cedar Falls), 10 a.m.
WGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational, Hunters Ridge, 1 p.m.
M/WCC: Coe at Bill Buxton Invitational (Indianola), 6 p.m.
M/WCC: Mount Mercy Invitational (Seminole Valley Park), 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30
MWL: Kernels at Clinton, 6:30 p.m.
B/GCC: Prairie Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
CVB: Elmhurst Invitational: Coe vs. Lake Forest, 1 p.m.; Coe vs. Elmhurst, 3 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy vs, Lourdes (Palos Heights, Ill.), 2 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs, Siena Heights (Palos Heights, Ill), 4 p.m.
WGLF: Coe at Sail Classic (Cedar Falls), 10 a.m.

WGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational, Hunters Ridge, 1 p.m.
MSOC: Hannibal-LaGrange at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m.
WSOC: Holy Cross vs. Mount Mercy, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31
MWL: Kernels at Clinton, 2 p.m.
MSOC: Coe at Cornell, 2 p.m.


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