Sunday, July 05, 2015
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MIDWEST LEAGUE: Kernels 4, Burlington 0 ... PREP BASEBALL: Kennedy 6, North Scott 2 ... Johnston 10, Kennedy 2 ... PREP SOFTBALL: Kennedy 4, Davenport West 3 ... Kennedy 6, Muscatine 4 ... West Des Moines Valley 4, Xavier 1 ... Xavier 5, Davenport North 4 ...
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Steepleton tosses shutout for Marion

CENTER POINT - Alicia Steepleton pitched a five-hit shutout Monday night as the Marion Indians blanked Center Point-Urbana, 3-0, in the first game of a Wamac Conference doubleheader.

Center Point-Urbana won the second game, 5-1.

Steepleton struck out five batters and walked only one in the 3-0 shutout. Sydney Nielsen went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the offense.

Haley Dullea and Maddie Knapp had two hits for Marion in the second game.



Hot Saints win Linn-Mar tourney

The closer Nikki Gahring comes to giving birth to her own child, the better her kids on the Xavier softball team keep playing.

The Saints finished an impressive week by topping Center Point-Urbana, 8-6, in the championship game of the Linn-Mar softball tournament Saturday afternoon.

Xavier swept Linn-Mar on Tuesday, swept Cedar Falls on Thursday, won two games in the Linn-Mar tournament Friday and won two more games Saturday for eight victories in five days.

The Saints, now riding a nine-game winning streak, have raised their record to 17-9 as they get closer to the postseason and closer to Gahring's due date in two weeks.

The Saints beat some good teams in the Linn-Mar tournament with a 2-1 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock (ranked No. 8 in Class 4A), a 2-1 victory over Linn-Mar (ranked No. 10 in 5A last week) and the 8-6 verdict over Center Point-Urbana (ranked No. 7 in Class 3A).


Kernels stopped by River Bandits

Nice rally, nice crowd, good fireworks, but a tough loss.

That was the story for the Cedar Rapids Kernels Saturday in a 6-4 setback to the Quad Cities River Bandits before a season-high crowd of 4,315 fans on Fireworks Night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels were just one out away from collecting a 4-3 victory, but the River Bandits tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI single by Nick Tanielu.

Quad Cities scored twice in the 10th inning to claim the victory in a battle of teams that have already clinched spots in the Midwest League playoffs. The River Bandits finished first in the West Division in the first half of the season and the Kernels were second.

The River Bandits led 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Kernels erupted for four runs on five straight hits.


J-Hawks jump to No.2 in baseball poll

The Jefferson J-Hawks jumped two spots to No. 2 in the Class 4A baseball rankings Monday by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Waukee replaced Johnston as the No. 1 team in the poll.

Cedar Rapids Prairie climbed three spots to No. 5 this week. The Kennedy Cougars are ranked No. 8 and the Linn-Mar Lions are No. 9.

In last week's poll, Linn-Mar was No. 7, Prairie No. 8 and Kennedy No. 9.


Westphal hopes to keep beating the odds

Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Luke Westphal has already beaten the odds by getting this far in his pro baseball career.

Not many guys get a shot at pro ball after playing in college at the NCAA Division III level, and not many guys get a shot at organized pro ball after spending two years in an Independent League.

Westphal has been there and done that. Now the 26-year-old lefty is hoping to beat the odds again by having a successful career in the Minnesota Twins organization after a late start.

He made his first appearance for the Kernels Friday night during what turned out to be a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to Quad Cities before 4,031 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, June 28 Thursday, July 2
MWL: Quad Cities 6, Kernels 1 MWL: Kernels 8, Burlington 2

BB: Cedar Valley Christian 8-7, Prince of Peace 7-8
Monday, June 29 BB: Xavier 4-1, Dubuque Wahlert 2-3
MWL: Kernels 4, Wisconsin 0 BB: Jefferson 11-11, Waterloo West 0-1
BB: Marion 10-12, Center Point-Urbana 7-0 BB: Washington 5-5, Dubuque Senior 0-10
BB: Alburnett 13-16, Cedar Valley Christian 2-7 SB: Marion at South Tama (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Kennedy 8-6, Dubuque Hempstead 7-7 SB: Prairie 7-1, Dubuque Senior 4-2
BB: Iowa City West 10-8, Washington 3-2 SB: Jefferson 6-10, Washington 3-0
BB: Xavier 11-4, Waterloo East 1-1 SB: Kennedy 3-1, Xavier 2-0
BB: Linn-Mar 3-3, Jefferson 1-1 SB: Linn-Mar 11-0, Waterloo West 0-5
BB: Prairie 9-12, Waterloo West 3-1
SB: Marion 3-1, Center Point-Urbana 0-5 Friday, July 3
SB: Waterloo West 6-7, Xavier 4-4 MWL: Burlington 4, Kernels 1
SB: Kennedy 9-0, Linn-Mar 7-4 BB: Dyersville Beckman at Marion
SB: Waterloo East 5-5, Washington 3-7 BB: Dubuque Hempstead 5, Linn-Mar 4; Linn-Mar 6,Hempstead 2

Tuesday, June 30

BB: Jefferson 14, Waterloo East 0, Jefferson 12, Waterloo East 2
MWL: Kernels 3, Wisconsin 2

BB: Iowa City High 12, Prairie 2; Prairie 8, City High 4

BB: Cedar Valley Christian 8. HLV 6 BB: Kennedy at Waterloo West
BB: Bettendorf at Jefferson, canceled (wet grounds)

SB: Jefferson at Ottumwa Tournament

BB: Kennedy 10-8, Ankeny Centennial 0-3

SB: Xavier, Kennedy at Iowa City West Tournament

BB: Waterloo West at Washington (2), 5 p.m.

BB: WDM Dowling 5, Xavier 2 Saturday, July 4
SB: Mount Vernon 5, Marion 0

MWL: Kernels 4, Burlington 0

SB: Jefferson 7-8, Iowa City West 4-4 BB: Kennedy 6, North Scott 2

SB: Prairie 10-5, Dubuque Hempstead 0-3

BB: Johnston 10,  Kennedy 2
SB: Xavier 10-5, Washington 1-3 SB: Kennedy 4, Davenport West 3; Kennedy 6, Muscatine 4; West Des Moines Valley 4, Xavier 1; Xavier 5, Davenport North 4
SB: Linn-Mar 5-10, Cedar Falls 0-0
SB: Kennedy 9-9. Waterloo East 0-1 Sunday, July 5

MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 2:05 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

MWL: Kernels 3, Wisconsin 2
BB: West Delaware 5-13, Marion 4-6


BB: Jefferson 7, Clinton 1
BB: Davenport North 3, Washington 2
BB: Prairie 5-3, Linn-Mar 4-0
BB: Xavier 5, North Scott 4

SB: Marion Classic
Marion 4, Washington 3
Marion 1, Union 0
Washington 4, Union 2

SB: Linn-Mar 9, Clinton 0
SB: Jefferson 10-12, Waterloo East 0-0
SB: Prairie 6, Mid-Prairie 0


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