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Gordon riding 15-game streak for Kernels

Nick Gordon does not have a cool nickname like his father, Tom "Flash" Gordon, but somebody might have to think of something if he keeps playing like this for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Gordon hit safely in his 15th straight game Thursday night as the Kernels lost to the Burlington Bees, 5-4, before 2,618 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Gordon's batting average dropped to .222 on May 25, but he's raised the mark to .267 and ranks among the Midwest League leaders in runs scored, stolen bases and hits.


Big crowd sees J-Hawks nip Prairie

An overflow crowd filled every nook-and-cranny at Larry Niemeyer Field on Tuesday night to watch two premier softball teams battle for a spot in the Class 5A state tournament.

When it ended, the fans gave both teams a standing ovation after the third-ranked Jefferson J-Hawks edged the Prairie Hawks, 3-2, to claim a cherished trip to the state tournament next week in Fort Dodge.

Jefferson (35-7) will face Linn-Mar (25-17) in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

"Very rarely do I look outside the fence during a game," said Jefferson coach Brian Erbe. "I really, truly don't, believe it or not. But holy cow, I looked around and I just couldn't believe it.


Lions pound Falcons for trip to state

The magic is back.

Seven years since their last go-around in the state softball tournament, the Linn-Mar Lions will return to Fort Dodge next week after drubbing Davenport West, 12-2, in six innings Tuesday night in the Class 5A regional finals on the Kennedy diamond.

Seven of their runs were scored in a third-inning barrage that put the match out of reach.

The Lions were led by supremely confident freshman Ally Johnson with four hits and a gutsy pitching performance by senior Maddy Ryan.

And guiding the late-blooming, fresh-faced Linn-Mar squad (25-17) back to state is wily 67-year-old coach John Begley, a student supervisor and bus driver at the school for the past 21 years.


Prairie baseball team wins No. 30

BETTENDORF - The Prairie Hawks joined an elite group of high school baseball teams Tuesday night by winning their 30th game with a 13-5 verdict over Bettendorf.

Only a few teams reach the 30-win plateau on an annual basis in Iowa and the Hawks have made it for the first time in school history, shattering the previous school record of 27 victories.

Cal Clark led a 17-hit attack for Prairie by going 3-for-4. Nic Mougin was on base all night and went 2-for-3 with a double and four runs.

Ben Boldt went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Tyler Nunemaker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and was the winning pitcher. Trey Beckman and Corbin Day also had two hits.

Prairie raised its record to 30-7.


Japan-Metro Classic set for Aug. 13

Everyone once in awhile you get a chance to do something that's truly worthwhile, something that makes other people happy and makes a contribution to your community in positive way.

Serving as the president and owner of the Metro Sports Report is like that for me. It's rewarding work and lots of fun, because I get to meet terrific people all the time on our local teams in Cedar Rapids and Marion.

Now it's time to stage another special event in Cedar Rapids that hopefully will be well-received by the community again.

The Metro Sports Report is proud to announce that we will hold the second Japan-Metro All-Star Baseball Classic at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday night, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

The game will match a team of talented high school players from Yamanashi, Japan against an all-star team from the Metro area that will be comprised of graduated seniors from our eight local schools.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, July 26 Thursday, July 30
MWL: Kernels 5, Beloit 4 MWL: Kernels at Clinton, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 27 Friday, July 31
No events scheduled MWL: Kernels at Kane County, 6:30 p.m.

BB: Class 4A State Semifinal at Des Moines: Kennedy vs. Iowa City West, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28
MWL: Kernels 4, Clinton 3 Saturday, Aug. 1

MWL: Kernels at Kane County, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29 BB: State baseball tournament, TBD
MWL: Clinton 11, Kernels 4
BB: Class 4A State Quarterfinal at Des Moines: Kennedy 3, Davenport North 2 Sunday, Aug. 2

MWL: Kernels at Kane County, 1 p.m.


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