Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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No. 1 DMACC sweeps No. 2 Kirkwood

It was supposed to be a showdown for bragging rights in junior college softball, but top-ranked DMACC was too good for the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles Wednesday afternoon.

The Bears swept the Eagles, 6-0 and 9-7, to grab a two-game lead in the ICCAC conference standings and solidify their hold on the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA Division II poll.

"They're good," said Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge in admiration. "They're the best team in the nation."

DMACC raised its impeccable records to 26-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference. Kirkwood fell to 29-5 overall and 6-2 in the league.

Molly Jacobsen, a junior college All-American for the Bears in 2017, tossed a two-hitter against Kirkwood in the opener and retired the last 15 batters in a row. She changed speeds all game with a sizzling fastball and mesmerizing change-up.

Jacobsen began the day with a microscopic 0.10 earned run average, having allowed just one earned run in 67 innings with 142 strikeouts.  Once the first game was over, her ERA was even lower at 0.09 with 149 K's in 74 innings.

Kirkwood began the day with a .391 team batting average and was averaging 9.4 runs per game, but Jacobsen (12-0) tamed the Eagles and handed them their first shutout of the year.

"She proved today that she's the best in the nation," said Yegge. "She's it. She's good. She's got all the tools.


No. 8 Heartland belts No. 4 Kirkwood

The Kirkwood baseball team played a conference doubleheader on Tuesday and will have another ICCAC twinbill on Thursday, so you'll have to excuse the Eagles for not being in top form on Wednesday.

The fourth-ranked Eagles were demolished by eighth-ranked Heartland, 13-2 and 16-0, in a non-conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Both games were stopped by the college mercy rule. Kirkwood got only one hit in the second game.

Kirkwood fell to 25-6 for the season. Heartland raised its mark to 26-5 with the sweep and in all likelihood will pass the Eagles in the NJCAA Division II rankings next week.


Ketelsen shines as No. 4 Eagles sweep

Adam Ketelsen absolutely loves pitching for the Kirkwood Eagles, who feature one of the most potent baseball teams in America.

And the Eagles love having Ketelsen on the mound as he continues to mow down batters this season.

Ketelsen and the fourth-ranked Eagles were a formidable combination again Tuesday as they swept Iowa Lakes, 11-1 and 13-3, in their ICCAC conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Both mismatches lasted only five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Kirkwood raised its sparkling records to 25-4 overall and 9-1 in the ICCAC, good for a two-game lead in the conference.

Ketelsen, a 6-foot-3 lefty from Mount Vernon, struck out 10 batters in five innings in the 11-1 victory in the opener, putting him a 5-0 record and 2.16 ERA. He's fanned 47 batters in 29.1 innings, a ratio of 1.6 strikeouts per frame.

Ketelsen loves pitching for a club that's averaging 10.1 runs per game, having scored 292 times in 29 contests.


No. 2 KCC softball hosts No. 1 DMACC

The stage has been set for the biggest showdown in junior college softball this season.

The second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles will host top-ranked DMACC on Wednesday in a battle for first place in the ICCAC conference and the No.1 spot in the polls next week.

The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood did its share to set the stage Tuesday afternoon by sweeping Northeast Community College, 9-1 and 4-1, in a pair of well-pitched games at Kirkwood.

DoniRae Mayhew (14-0) tossed a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in the first gmae, then Natalie Halvorson (13-3) pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts in the nightcap.

The Eagles raised their records to 29-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference. DMACC will arrive undefeated at 24-0 overall and 6-0 in the league.


Seybian Sims joins Kirkwood basketball

Seybian Sims, a 6-foot-7 forward from Iowa City West, has decided to join the Kirkwood men's basketball team for the 2018-19 campaign.

Sims announced his commitment Monday on Twitter.

"Very thankful for everyone that has helped me get to where I am and where I am going," he remarked. "I also want to say thank-you to all the D1 and D2 schools that have been recruiting me."

Sims averaged 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds this season for Iowa City West, which finished second at the Class 4A state tournament with a 21-5 record.

Remarkably, Sims connected on 148 of 194 shots this season for 76.3 percent from the floor and hit 69 percent of his free throws. He was named third team all-state in Class 4A.


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