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Stewart powers No. 8 Eagles in sweep

IOWA FALLS - Rachel Stewart belted two home runs as the eighth-ranked  Kirkwood Eagles topped Ellsworth Community College, 10-6, in the  second game of their ICCAC doubleheader in Iowa Falls Wednesday.

Kirkwood captured the first game, 12-2, in five innings to sweep the  twinbill, raising their records to 40-13 overall and 19-5 in the  league. Ellsworth fell to 17-33 overall and 7-17 in the conference.

Stewart was 3-for-3 with her two homers and three RBIs in the 10-6  victory in the nightcap. Shelby Hulsebus, Lauren Klaahsen and Jayme  Finn had two hits. London Jackson and Finn had two RBIs. Lauren Kuch,  Stewart and Randyn Carter scored twice.

Bradee Bouman (17-6) pitched a complete game for the victory in Game 2.


Campbell lifts Mustangs at Heart tourney

OZARK, Mo. - Dylan Campbell of Mount Mercy sparkled on the mound  Wednesday as the Mustangs blanked Missouri Valley, 7-0, in the first  round of the Heart of America Conference baseball tournament at U.S.  Baseball Park.

Mount Mercy (26-21) will face Central Methodist (32-12) in the  quarterfinals Thursday at 8:30 p.m., matching the No. 7 against the  No. 2 seed.

Campbell (7-4) pitched seven shutout innings in the nine-inning game.  He allowed only four hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. Luke  Richards and Blake Hargens pitched an inning of scoreless ball in  relief.

Evan Jackson went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Mount Mercy. Kobi  Candaroma went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Tito Berdecia and  Corbin Day also had two hits.


Mustangs take 4th at Heart golf

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's golf team struggled in the  final round of the Heart of America Conference tournament Wednesday  and finished fourth out of nine teams.

The Mustangs submitted four-man scores of 305 and 303 in the first two  rounds, but they ballooned to 314 Wednesday at The Club at Porto Cima  and finished at 58-over-par 922.

Missouri Valley captured the title at 37-over 901. Hunter Bettis of  Culver-Stockton was the medalist at 2-over 218.

Philip Nelson placed fourth for Mount Mercy at 9-over 225 with rounds  of 77, 72 and 76.


Mustangs hosting Heart softball tournament

The Mount Mercy Mustangs have defeated every team in the Heart of America Conference softball tournament that's being conducted this week at least once this season.

On the flip side, the Mustangs have lost at least one game to nearly every team in the field (everyone except Benedictine).

Mount Mercy is hosting the league championships at Busse Field this Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As luck would have it, the Mustangs (30-20) will be playing Culver-Stockton (30-19) in the very first game of the tournament Wednesday morning at 9:30.

“Honestly, it’s wide open,” Mount Mercy Coach Larry Yoder said Tuesday. “Anybody can win it.”

Baker University (41-7) is the No. 1 seed after winning the regular-season title. Grand View (41-8) is the No. 2 seed, putting them at the head of the class.

“Baker would be the favorite because they have the All-American pitcher, and she’s awfully tough,” said Yoder. “And they have a good offensive team, too.

“But they’ve been beaten five times this year (in conference games,” he said. “We actually beat them by the eight-run rule, but the All-American did not pitch that game. And she’s going to pitch every game of this tournament.”


Kuch honored by softball Hall of Fame

Lauren Kuch of Kirkwood has become the first two-time winner of a $1,000 scholarship from the Cedar Rapids Softball Hall of Fame.

Kuch, a sophomore All-American for the Kirkwood Eagles, was honored during a ceremony Wednesday at Johnson Hall.

The $1,000 scholarship has been awarded annually since 2010 to a Kirkwood softball player who is from the Metro area. Kuch was an all-state selection at Cedar Rapids Prairie and was named a junior college All-American at Kirkwood last season.

Kuch, an outfielder and first baseman, has played in 113 games during her career at Kirkwood. She has scored 110 runs and also has drive in exactly 110 runs during that time. Her combined batting average is better than .400.

The Cedar Rapids Softball Hall of Fame has endowed the $1,000 scholarship by making a $20,000 donation to the Kirkwood Foundation.


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