Sunday, April 19, 2015
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD: USHL PLAYOFFS: Dubuque 2, RoughRiders 1 (Dubuque wins series, 3-0) ... MWL BASEBALL - Burlington 4, Kernels 3 ... BOYS SOCCER - ... West Des Moines Valley Tournament: Kennedy vs. Waukee ... GIRLS SOCCER - Jefferson at Urbandale ... COLLEGE BASEBALL - Central 8, Coe 0 ... Coe 7, Central 6 ... St. Ambrose 4, Mount Mercy 2 ... St. Ambrose 3, Mount Mercy 2 ... NIACC 5, Kirkwood 1 ... COLLEGE SOFTBALL - Coe 6, Dubuque 2 ... Coe 5, Dubuque 1 ... Mount Mercy at AIB, ppd (rain) ...
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3 amigos are running the Kernels

Jake Mauer, Tommy Watkins and Henry Bonilla were promising young ballplayers in the Minnesota Twins farm system in 2004 for New Britain in the Class Double-A Eastern League, all hopeful of reaching the Major Leagues at some point.

Only Watkins made it, playing in nine games for the Twins in 2007. Mauer hurt his arm and had to retire, never climbing above Double-A. Bonilla reached the Triple-A level with the Twins, but was unable to take the final step.

But 11 years ago, all things seemed possible.

"We were really good, too. Back then," Mauer said Tuesday, only half in jest with the passage of time.

But the truth is, they were good. Mauer hit .258 as a versatile infielder, a heady ballplayer with a great feel for the game. Watkins, mostly a third baseman, hit .267 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs. Bonilla, a pitcher, went 11-10 with a 4.54 ERA and made it to Triple-A that year.


Gordon has baseball in his blood

Cedar Rapids Kernels shortstop Nick Gordon was not born at a Major League ballpark, but he's certainly spent a good portion of his life in them.

His father is Tom "Flash" Gordon, who enjoyed a long career as a pitcher in the big leagues from 1988 through 2009. His older brother is Dee Gordon, an all-star second baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year and now a member of the Miami Marlins.

Nick Gordon, 19, has baseball in his blood.


Eagles belt 6 homers in sweep

The Kirkwood Eagles hit six home runs Wednesday and swept an ICCAC conference doubleheader from Ellsworth, 11-0 and 13-2, at Kirkwood.

Both softball games lasted only five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Nicky Simpson pitched a no-hitter for Kirkwood in the opener.

Lexie Biehl socked two homers and drove in eight runs in the doubleheader. Brooke Prior, Jasmine Ragusi, Natalie Clark and Lexi Quandt also connected for round-trippers in the twinbill.


10 Kernels have been here before

The Cedar Rapids Kernels, in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, announced their official 25-man roster Monday afternoon and there are a lot of familiar names on the list.

Ten of the 25 players spent time with the Kernels in 2014 and are back for another shot.

The roster features four of the Twins' Top 30 Prospects, according to Baseball America, including shortstop Nick Gordon.

In addition to Gordon, who is ranked as the Twins' No. 6 prospect, the roster includes left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonzalves (No. 14 prospect), right-handed pitcher Michael Cederoth (No. 23 prospect) and right-handed pitcher Felix Jorge (No. 28 prospect).


Jacobus wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior Dalles Jacobus is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Jacobus was a double-winner at the Hollingsworth Relays in Iowa City Saturday when he captured the shot put (51 feet) and the discus (154-11) to help Kennedy finish second in the team standings.

Jacobus is a four-sport varsity athlete at Kennedy in football, wrestling, track and baseball. He placed eighth in the discus at the state track meet last year as a sophomore.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, April 12 Friday, April 17
MWL: Kernels 8, Beloit 3 USHL Playoffs: Dubuque 5, RoughRiders 1
CSB: Mount Mercy 4-2, William Penn 3-15 MWL: Kernels 5, Peoria 1
CBB: Mount Mercy 3-1, William Penn 2-3 BSOC: West Des Moines Valley Tournament: Valley 2, Kennedy 1
CBB: Kirkwood 5-10, Southwestern 4-1 BSOC: Iowa City High 4, Washington 2
WGLF: Coe at Mount Mercy Invitational BSOC: Marion at South Tama

BSOC: Mid-Prairie 3, Cedar Valley Christian 1
Monday, April 13 BSOC: Xavier 2, North Scott 1 (SO)
MWL: Kernels 9, Beloit 0 GSOC: Iowa City High 1, Washington 0

BSOC: Prairie 24, Waterloo East 0

GSOC: Marion 6, South Tama 0
GSOC: Linn-Mar 2, Cedar Falls 1 (OT) GSOC: North Scott 1, Xavier 0
BGLF: Benton Community 162, Marion 173 GSOC: Mid-Prairie 5, Cedar Valley Christian 0
GGLF: Benton Community 205, Marion 225 BTEN: Xavier 8, Waterloo Columbus 1
BTEN: Western Dubuque 8, Marion 1 CSB: Kirkwood 12-8, Southwestern 0-3
GTEN: Western Dubuque 7, Marion 2 CBSB: Coe 3-7, Central 2-3
CSB: Kirkwood 10-9, NIACC 0-1 Saturday, April 18
MGLF: Coe at Loras Invitational MWL: Burlington 4, Kernels 3
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Brickyard Classic, ppd BSOC: West Des Moines Valley Tournament: Kennedy vs. Waukee

GSOC: Jefferson at Urbandale
Tuesday, April 14 GGLF: Prairie at Benton Community

USHL Playoffs: Dubuque 6, RoughRiders 3

BTEN:Kennedy 9,  Dubuque Hempstead 0; Dubuque Wahlert 6, Kennedy 3
MWL: Kernels 8, Beloit 4 BTEN: Washington 5, Wahlert 4; Washington 9, Dubuque Hempstead 0
BGLF: Vinton-Shellsburg 163, Marion 177, South Tama 193 BTEN: Linn-Mar at Muscatine

GGLF: Cedar Falls 188, Kennedy 200, Dubuque Senior 204, Waterloo East 244

GTEN: Dubuque Hempstead 8, Kennedy 1; Dubuque Wahlert 8, Kennedy 1
GGLF: Iowa City West 183, Xavier 203, Iowa City High 206 GTEN: Washington 8, Dubuque Wahlert 1; Washington 9, Dubuque Hempstead 0
GGLF: Dubuque Hempstead 173, Waterloo West 219, Linn-Mar 231 GTEN: Linn-Mar at Pleasant Valley

GGLF: Dubuque Wahlert 180, Prairie 198, Washington 200, Jefferson 239

CBSB: NIACC 5, Kirkwood 1
BTEN: Jefferson 5, Prairie 4 CBSB: Central 8, Coe 0; Coe 7, Central 6

BTEN Washington 2, Kennedy 0

CBSB:St. Ambrose 4, Mount Mercy 2; St. Ambrose 3, Mount Mercy 2
BTEN: Linn-Mar 9, Iowa City High 0 CSB: Mount Mercy at AIB, postponed (rain)
GTEN: Prairie 9, Jefferson 0 CSB: Coe 6, Dubuque 2; Coe 5, Dubuque 1

GTEN: Washington 9, Kennedy 0

WTEN: Upper Iowa 6, Coe 3
GTEN: Iowa City High 9, Linn-Mar 0 MTEN: Washington U 8, Coe 1
BTRK: Kennedy, Washington at Waterloo West Invitational M/WTRK: Mount Mercy at Kansas Relays
BTRK: Linn-Mar, Jefferson, Xavier, Marion at Prairie Invitational M/WTRK: Coe at Central Invitational
GTRK: Jefferson at Fort Madison Relays

GTRK: Kennedy, Marion, Washington, Xavier at Linn-Mar Relays

BSOC: Xavier 1, Dubuque Hempstead 0 Sunday, April 19
BSOC: Washington 2, Dubuque Wahlert 0 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 2 p.m.
BSOC: Linn-Mar 3, Cedar Falls 1 CBSB: Kirkwood at NIACC (2), 1 p.m.
BSOC: Iowa City High 2, Kennedy 1 CBSB: Mount Mercy at St. Ambrose (2), 2 p.m.
BSOC: Dubuque Senior 3, Jefferson 1 CSB: Grand View at Mount Mercy (2), 1 p.m.
BSOC: Dyersville Beckman 4, Marion 0 MGLF: Kirkwood, Coe at AIB Invitational
GSOC: Dubuque Hempstead 4, Xavier 0 WGLF: Coe, Mount Mercy at Loras Invitational
GSOC: Kennedy 2, Iowa City High 1
GSOC: Dubuque Senior 3, Jefferson 2 (SO)
GSOC: Washington 1, Dubuque Wahlert 0
GSOC: Dyersville Beckman 3, Marion 1
GSOC: NE Goose Lake 2, Cedar Valley Christian 0
MTEN: Coe 8, Dubuque 1; Coe 9, Simpson 0
CBSB: Northwestern College 10, Mount Mercy 3
CSB: Kirkwood 12-12, Southeastern 0-1
CSB: Coe 6-8, Wisconsin-Platteville 2-2
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Brickyard Classic

Wednesday, April 15
MWL: Peoria 3, Kernels 2 (12 innings)
GTEN: Iowa City High 6, Prairie 3
CBSB: Kirkwood 16-4, Muscatine 14-5
CBSB: AIB 11-7, Mount Mercy 4-9
CSB: Simpson 9-4, Coe 0-1
CSB: Mount Mercy 9-7, Viterbo 7-8

Thursday, April 16
MWL: Peoria 3, Kernels 1
GGLF: Iowa City West 180, Kennedy 181
GGLF: Washington 188, Iowa City High 193, Linn-Mar 204, Jefferson 215
BTEN: Waterloo West 5, Prairie 4
BTEN: Washington 5, Cedar Falls 4
BTEN: Xavier 7, Dubuque Senior 2
BTEN: Iowa City West 9, Jefferson 0
BTEN: Marion 9, South Tama 0
GTEN: Iowa City West 8, Jefferson 1
GTEN: Xavier 6, Dubuque Senior 3
GTEN: Washington 8, Cedar Falls 1
GTEN: Prairie 8, Waterloo West 1
GTEN: Marion 6, South Tama 3
BSOC: Prairie 2, Jefferson 0
BSOC:Kennedy 3,  Iowa City West 2
BSOC: Xavier 3, Linn-Mar 2
BSOC: Bellevue Marquette 4, Cedar Valley Christian 1
GSOC: Linn-Mar 2, Xavier 0
GSOC: Iowa City West 3, Kennedy 2
GSOC: Prairie 3, Jefferson 1
BTRK: Jefferson, Kennedy, Prairie, Washington at Dubuque Senior Invitational
BTRK: Linn-Mar at Iowa City High
BTRK: Marion at West Delaware
GTRK: Linn-Mar, Kennedy at Iowa City High
GTRK: Prairie at Newton
GTRK: Marion at Western Dubuque
MGLF: Kirkwood at NIACC Invitational


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