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Mustangs share lead at Heart golf tourney

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. - Mount Mercy and Culver-Stockton are tied for first place after the first round of the Heart of America Conference men's golf tournament at The Club at Porto Cima.

Both teams finished the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament at 17-over-par 305. The event is scheduled to continue Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kaleb Hagge of Mount Mercy shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for second place. All five Mount Mercy golfers are in the top-20 with William Bruyeres shooting a 76, Philip Nelson 77, Nile Happel 78 and Thomas Schuhkraft 80.

Hunter Bettis of Culver-Stockton holds the lead at 1-under 71.

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Youngquist helps Eagles gain split

Kal Youngquist belted a home run and drove in five runs Monday as the Kirkwood Eagles topped Northeast Community College, 9-1, in the second game of their ICCAC conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Northeast took the first game, 4-2.

Youngquist went 3-for-3 and socked his seventh homer in the nightcap. Carter Lawler (4-3, 3.43) pitched a complete game for the victory, allowing only four hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Taylor Jackson was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs in Game 1. Zion Pettigrew scored three times. Joel Vaske drove in two runs. Brett Givens scored twice.

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KCC's Epperly shares Monmouth golf title

MONMOUTH, Ill. - Ben Epperly of Kirkwood tied for medalist honors at  the Fighting Scot Invitational Sunday at Gibson Woods.

Epperly and Colton Belloma of Southeastern Community College shot  rounds of even-par 71 on the 6,239 yard course.

The tournament was trimmed from 36 holes to 18 holes due to rain on Saturday.

Parkland College, which is ranked sixth in NJCAA Division II, edged  the third-ranked Kirkwood Eagles by two shots in the team standings,  294 to 296. Thirteen teams competed in the event.

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KCC baseball drops pair to Northeast

The Kirkwood baseball team spent a long, chilly day at the ballpark  Sunday and went home empty-handed.

The Eagles were swept by Northeast Community College, 4-2 and 8-0, in  an ICCAC doubleheader at Kirkwood.

The losses dropped Kirkwood to 27-16 overall and 12-10 in the  conference, putting them in fifth place in the eight-team league.  Northeast raised its marks to 25-13 overall and 14-8 in the league,  good for second place.

Kirkwood and Northeast are scheduled for another doubleheader Monday  at Kirkwood at 1 p.m.

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Mustangs split with No. 16 Central Methodist

FAYETTE, Mo. - Jake Faur turned in a strong pitching performance Saturday as the Mount Mercy Mustangs knocked off 16th-ranked Central Methodist, 8-1, in the second game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader.

Central Methodist took the opener, 9-0.

Faur (3-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one run on four hits. Matt Trouten tossed the final 1 2/3 innings to finish the 8-1 conquest.

Tito Berdecia went 2-for-3 with his sixth homer and three RBIs in Game 1. Kobi Candaroma hit his second homer of the year. Nick Sueppel was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Austin Hilpipre scored twice.

Mount Mercy finished the regular season at 25-21 overall and 16-14 in the conference. Central Methodist is 32-12 overall and 19-8 in the league.

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