Saturday, August 23, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MWL: Kernels 8, Burlington 2 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Mount Mercy 3, Robert Morris 1 .... Mount Mercy 3, Benedictine 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Wallace State 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Rock Valley 0
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Burdi gets a save and his jersey (for $500)

Cedar Rapids pitcher Nick Burdi wanted a souvenir of his summer with the Kernels, so he asked his girlfriend to bid on the special Hawaiian jersey he wore during Saturday night's game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It reportedly cost $500 for his girlfriend to submit the winning bid during the silent auction, but Burdi figured it was worth it.

The 6-foot-5 flamethrower collected his fourth save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning as the Kernels trimmed Kane County, 3-2, before a season-high crowd of 5,570 fans on Jimmy Buffett Night and Hawaiian Jersey Night at the ballpark.

Burdi got the save and the shirt.



Jake ejected, Joe stars, Kernels lose

The Cedar Rapids Kernels did not charge nearly enough money for tickets to Friday night's game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Jake Mauer got ejected and gave the umpires an earful before he left and his brother Joe got three hits and helped ignite a big rally in the ninth inning.

There were post-game fireworks for the 5,307 fans to enjoy as well, a regular staple at Friday night home games.

The only thing that was missing was a dramatic come-from-behind victory, and the Kernels came darn close to supplying that as well.

Cedar Rapids rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth but fell a run shy against Kane County, 6-5, in a battle for first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League.



Even claims Pribyl golf title

Like a lot of young golfers in Cedar Rapids, Jordan Even admires Zach Johnson and the way he manages a course.

Smart, steady, avoid trouble.

Even borrowed a page from Johnson this week and won the Pribyl Rotary junior championship with another solid round at Elmcrest Country Club Friday.

Even fired rounds this week of 75 at Gardner, 74 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club, 74 at Hunters Ridge and 74 again at Elmcrest to finish at 297 and clip Conner Koberg by two shots.



Kernels tie for top with clutch win

If you like a good pennant race, look no further than the Western Division of the Midwest League.

It doesn't get any tighter than this.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Western Division Thursday night when they rallied for a 4-3 victory in 11 innings over Kane County before 3,347 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Mitch Garver led off the bottom of the 11th by ripping a double to left-center field, then Bryan Haar followed with a double off the left-field wall to drive in pinch-runner Jon Murphy with the winning run.


Vavra enjoys playing ball with Mauer

Tanner Vavra used to hang around the batting cages at the Metrodome and Target Field in Minneapolis, watching Joe Mauer take batting practice with the Minnesota Twins and admiring the way he played ball.

Vavra had an even better view Wednesday night when he played second base for the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Mauer was just a few feet away at first base for the Kernels.

"It's kind of cool, being on the same field with somebody you looked up to and watched during a bit of your high school days and middle school days," said Vavra. "It was a lot of fun. A lot of fun to be out there with him."

Vavra's father, Joe, is a coach with the Minnesota Twins, so Vavra got to spend part of his summers with the Major League team, watching Mauer win batting titles and become a major star.

Mauer has been with the Kernels this week on a rehab assignment, trying to recover from a strained oblique muscle, while Vavra has been with the club all season.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 17 Thursday, Aug. 21
MWL: Kernels 5, Peoria 4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 18 Friday, Aug. 22
MWL: Kernels 4, Quad Cities 2 MWL: Kernels 8, Burlington 2
BGLF: Linn-Mar Invitational at Hunters Ridge CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.: Kirkwood 3, Wallace State 0, Kirkwood 3, Rock Valley 0
Tuesday, Aug 19 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Mount Mercy 3, Robert Morris 1; Mount Mercy 3, Benedictine 0
MWL: Kernels 5, Quad Cities 3 Saturday, Aug. 23
BGLF: Washington at Blue Top Ridge Invitational MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 20 CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
MWL: Quad Cities 5, Kernels 2 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Dakota State vs. Mount Mercy, 9 a.m.; Hannibal-LeGrange vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
MWL: Kernels at Quad Cities, 1:15 p.m.
WSOC: Roosevelt at Mount Mercy, Lower Kingston, 11 a.m.



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