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Kernels claim 5th straight win

CLINTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning Sunday and defeated Clinton, 7-5, in a rain-shortened game before 957 fans at Ashford University Field.

The tarp was put on the field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the game was called after a 41-minute rain delay.

The Kernels (42-51) have won five games in a row, including Saturday night's rain-shortened 5-1 victory over the LumberKings.

Clinton scored the first three runs Sunday, but the Kernels scored seven runs in the top half of the sixth as they sent 11 men to the plate to move ahead 7-3.

The Kernels collected five singles and took advantage of one error. It matched the largest run-scoring inning for Cedar Rapids this season.


Cougars top Warriors in soggy affair

Their season suddenly ended by a downpour, Washington softball coach Erin Jones could not see sending her girls home without anything to show for it.

So before the lights were turned off at Franklin Field Saturday night, she had the whole team spread out on the diamond, pouring quick-dry materials in the infield puddles and raking it smooth and dry.

If nothing else, the clean-up convinced her that the Class 5A regional semifinal game with Kennedy should not have been called after five complete innings with the Cougars awarded a 2-0 victory.

“As you can see,” Jones said, “the field has drained and is playable. The umpires shouldn’t have called it so soon.”


No.6 J-Hawks make regional finals

Jefferson Coach Brian Erbe liked his pitching and defense Saturday night, but he was concerned about his team's lackluster approach on offense.

The combination was good enough to defeat Dubuque Hempstead, 6-1, in the semifinals of the Class 5A regional softball tournament, but Erbe hopes the J-Hawks come out swinging Tuesday night in the regional finals.

The sixth-ranked J-Hawks (33-6) will host Dubuque Senior (19-22) in the regional finals Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Larry Niemeyer Field with a trip to the state tournament on the line.



J-Hawks topped by Burlington, 12-9

The Jefferson J-Hawks lost to Burlington, 12-9, in a prep baseball game at Jefferson Saturday.

Chanse McCheseney went 4-for-4 for Burlington, which snapped Jefferson's four-game winning streak.

Spencer VanScoyoc went 3-for-4 for Jefferson and scored three runs. Marcus Colbert was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Lucas Larson drove in two runs and Ben Koering had two hits for the J-Hawks (22-13).

Burlington     305 021 1 - 12 15 5

Jefferson      232 002 0 - 9 13 1

W - Rosson. L - Wood. S - Tucker.


No.5 Saints, No.9 Lions knocked out

The Xavier Saints and Linn-Mar Lions were both upset in the semifinals of the regional softball tournament Saturday night at home.

The Saints, ranked No.5 in Class 4A, were blanked by Clear Creek-Amana, 2-0, on a three-hit shutout by Lexi Kinnaird.

The Lions, ranked No.9 in Class 5A, were upended by Dubuque Senior, 2-0, on a three-hit shutout by A.D. Medinger.

Cedar Rapids Prairie's game in the Class 5A playoffs against No.7 Pleasant Valley was suspended by rain in the second inning with the Hawks leading, 2-0. It will be resumed Monday at 6 p.m. at Prairie.



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Metro Schedule

Sunday, July 27 Thursday, July 31
MWL: Kernels 4, Dayton 1 MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 6:35 p.m.
Monday, July 28 Friday, Aug. 1
MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 6 p.m. MWL: Kernels at Beloit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29 State baseball tournament, TBD
MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30 Saturday, Aug. 2
MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 6:35 p.m. MWL: Kernels at Beloit, 7 p.m.
Kennedy vs. Southeast Polk at Des Moines, 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3

MWL: Kernels at Beloit, 7 p.m.



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