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Kernels stopped by River Bandits

Nice rally, nice crowd, good fireworks, but a tough loss.

That was the story for the Cedar Rapids Kernels Saturday in a 6-4 setback to the Quad Cities River Bandits before a season-high crowd of 4,315 fans on Fireworks Night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels were just one out away from collecting a 4-3 victory, but the River Bandits tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI single by Nick Tanielu.

Quad Cities scored twice in the 10th inning to claim the victory in a battle of teams that have already clinched spots in the Midwest League playoffs. The River Bandits finished first in the West Division in the first half of the season and the Kernels were second.

The River Bandits led 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Kernels erupted for four runs on five straight hits.


J-Hawks jump to No.2 in baseball poll

The Jefferson J-Hawks jumped two spots to No. 2 in the Class 4A baseball rankings Monday by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Waukee replaced Johnston as the No. 1 team in the poll.

Cedar Rapids Prairie climbed three spots to No. 5 this week. The Kennedy Cougars are ranked No. 8 and the Linn-Mar Lions are No. 9.

In last week's poll, Linn-Mar was No. 7, Prairie No. 8 and Kennedy No. 9.


Westphal hopes to keep beating the odds

Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Luke Westphal has already beaten the odds by getting this far in his pro baseball career.

Not many guys get a shot at pro ball after playing in college at the NCAA Division III level, and not many guys get a shot at organized pro ball after spending two years in an Independent League.

Westphal has been there and done that. Now the 26-year-old lefty is hoping to beat the odds again by having a successful career in the Minnesota Twins organization after a late start.

He made his first appearance for the Kernels Friday night during what turned out to be a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to Quad Cities before 4,031 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.


Olson, Good toss shutouts for J-Hawks

The Jefferson J-Hawks have a star pitcher named Alyssa and they also have a star pitcher named Alissa, but don't be confused.

No matter how you spell their names, it spells victory.

Alyssa Olson tossed a four-hit shutout as Jefferson blanked Kennedy, 2-0, in the first game of their Metro showdown at the Kennedy field Thursday night, then Alissa Good followed with another four-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory.


Corcino lifts Kernels by Bandits

The Cedar Rapids Kernels staggered slightly coming out of the gate in their first game of the second half of their Midwest League season Thursday night, but they utilized some late-inning heroics to top the River Bandits, 4-3, on Edgar Corcino’s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth.

Through five innings, the home crowd of 2,700 paying customers had little to cheer about other than another outstanding pitching performance by Kernels starter Felix Jorge. Thursday marked the 10th consecutive start in which Jorge finished at least six innings.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, June 28 Thursday, July 2
MWL: Quad Cities 6, Kernels 1 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.

BB: Prince of Peace vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Daniels Park (2), 4 p.m.
Monday, June 29 BB: Xavier at Dubuque Wahlert (2), 4 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 4, Wisconsin 0 BB: Waterloo West at Jefferson (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Marion 10-12, Center Point-Urbana 7-0 BB: Dubuque Senior at Washington (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Alburnett 13-16, Cedar Valley Christian 2-7 SB: Marion at South Tama (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Kennedy 8-6, Dubuque Hempstead 7-7 SB: Prairie at Dubuque Senior (2), 4 p.m .
BB: Iowa City West 10-8, Washington 3-2 SB: Washington at Jefferson (2), 5:30 p.m.
BB: Xavier 11-4, Waterloo East 1-1 SB: Xavier at Kennedy (2), 5:30 p.m.
BB: Linn-Mar 3-3, Jefferson 1-1 SB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo West (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Prairie 9-12, Waterloo West 3-1
SB: Marion 3-1, Center Point-Urbana 0-5 Friday, July 3
SB: Waterloo West 6-7, Xavier 4-4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
SB: Kennedy 9-0, Linn-Mar 7-4 BB: Dyersville Beckman at Marion (2), 5 p.m.
SB: Waterloo East 5-5, Washington 3-7 BB: Linn-Mar at Dubuque Hempstead (2), 12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30

BB: Waterloo East at Jefferson (2), 5 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 3, Wisconsin 2

BB: Iowa City High at Prairie (2), 5 p.m.

BB: Cedar Valley Christian at HLV (2), 5 p.m. BB: Kennedy at Waterloo West (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Bettendorf at Jefferson, 7 p.m.

SB: Jefferson at Ottumwa Tournament

BB: Ankeny Centennial at Kennedy, 7 p.m.

SB: Xavier, Kennedy at Iowa City West Tournament

BB: Waterloo West at Washington (2), 5 p.m.

BB: WDM Dowling at Xavier, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4
SB: Mount Vernon at Marion (2), 6 p.m.

MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 5:05 p.m.

SB: Iowa City West at Jefferson (2), 5:30 p.m. BB: North Scott at Kennedy, 10 a.m.

SB: Dubuque Hempstead at Prairie (2), 5:30 p.m.

BB: Johnston at Kennedy, 2 p.m.
SB: Xavier at Washington (2), 5:30 p.m. SB: Xavier, Kennedy at Iowa City West Tournament
SB: Cedar Falls at Linn-Mar (2), 5:30 p.m.
SB: Kennedy at Waterloo East (2), 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5

MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 2:05 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

MWL: Kernels at Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
BB: West Delaware at Marion (2), 5 p.m.


BB: Clinton at Jefferson, 7 p.m.
BB: Washington at Davenport North, 7 p.m.
BB: Prairie at Linn-Mar (2), 5 p.m.
BB: North Scott at Xavier, 7 p.m.


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