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8 more players lift IWSL to 65

For the second straight busy week, eight new players have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 campaign.

The IWSL now has 65 college softball players in the program with the season opener June 3 still seven weeks away.

Amron Born and Madison Yacko of Simpson, excited about playing on their own college field in Indianola, joined the league this past week in the Central Division. That makes seven players from Simpson in the IWSL.

Megan Bonnett of Luther, Abby Carlin of Western Illinois, Sam Koehn of Marshall University in West Virginia, Makinna Fitzgerald of Southwestern Community College, Hannah Onken of Wartburg and Emma Hartman of Cornell College also have submitted their registration forms.


The Iowa Women's Softball League lost one player this past week, but it was for a good reason. April Brown, a pitcher from Des Moines East High School and Utah State, will be playing professional softball in Germany during the IWSL season.

Born, a center fielder from Norwalk, is a freshman at Simpson. She made the all-state and academic all-state teams in high school and is hitting .333 with three RBIs at Simpson.


Thrune leads KCC golfers at Rend Lake

WHITTINGTON, Ill. - Max Thrune fired a 1-under-par 71 Sunday to help the Kirkwood Eagles move into first place after the opening round of the Rend Lake Spring Invitational.

Thrune holds a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the 36-hole tournament Monday.

Kirkwood finished the first round at 14-over 302 for an eight-shot lead over John A. Logan College.


No. 2 Eagles belt 12 homers in Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - The second-ranked Kirkwood softball team hit 12 home runs Friday and swept Northeast Community College, 12-2 and 20-3, in an ICCAC doubleheader in Nebraska.

Monika Bevans and DoniRae Mayhew belted three homers for the Eagles. Rachel Stewart and Lauren Kuch had two homers, while Natalie Halvorson and Lauren Klaahsen hit one round-tripper.

Kirkwood has socked 57 home runs in 36 games this season. Mayhew has 16 homers this year.

Mayhew (15-1) and Halvorson (14-4) were the winning pitchers.


KCC golfers dominate Spring Preview

PANORA - The Kirkwood men's golf team dominated the NJCAA Region XI  Spring Preview Friday by placing first and second in the team  standings at the Lake Panorama National Resort.

In reality, the Eagles tied themselves for first place. The Kirkwood  "A" team finished at 18-over-par 306 and the Kirkwood "B" team also  finished at 18-over 306.

Nine junior college teams from the ICCAC conference participated in the meet.

The Kirkwood teams finished two shots ahead of DMACC.


No. 4 Eagles bounce back for split

The Kirkwood Eagles made it look easy for much of the season, winning 25 of 29 games and averaging 10 runs every time they took the field. They looked nearly invincible.

Then came a 13-2 loss, followed by a 16-0 blowout, followed by a 9-2 setback and suddenly the Eagles were struggling a little bit this week on their own diamond.

Thankfully for Kirkwood, the mini-slump has ended.

The fourth-ranked Eagles bounced back and stomped NIACC, 12-2, in five innings in the second game of their conference doubleheader Thursday in relatively balmy weather that reached the high 60's.

NIACC dumped the Eagles in the first game Thursday, 9-2, but Kirkwood righted the ship in Game 2.


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