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Thursday, July 24, 2014
WEDNESDAY SCOREBOARD - MWL - Kernels 7, Bowling Green 2 ..... 4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL - Kennedy 5, Davenport West 1 ..... 3A SUBSTATE BASEBALL - Davenport Assumption 10, Marion 0 ..... STATE SOFTBALL: CLASS 5A CONSOLATION: Pleasant Valley 12, Jefferson 0 ..... 5A SEVENTH PLACE: Jefferson 2, Waukee 0
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No. 6 J-Hawks stranded at state softball

FORT DODGE - They don't keep any records at the state softball tournament for how many runners you leave on base in the first four innings of a ballgame.

Likewise, they don't keep records for how many times you fail to execute a sacrifice bunt.

If they did, the Jefferson J-Hawks might have their name all over the record book for missed opportunities on a big stage.

Jefferson left a whopping 10 runners on base in the first four innings and  never scored in a 2-0 loss to No. 3 Southeast Polk Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament at the Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.

The sixth-ranked J-Hawks (34-7) will face No. 7 Pleasant Valley (30-9) in a consolation game Wednesday at 10 a.m. in hopes of battling back for fifth place.

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Garver belts 3 HRs, ties Kernels mark

Mitch Garver got to rub elbows with Johnny Bench when he was a two-time finalist for the Bench Award as the top collegiate catcher in the country during his last two years at the University of New Mexico.

Garver did a good imitation of the Hall of Fame catcher during Monday afternoon's Midwest League game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Garver tied the club record with three home runs and caught a three-hitter as the Cedar Rapids Kernels crumpled the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 8-1, before 4,008 fans at Perfect Game Field.

Garver belted a two-run homer in the first inning, socked another two-run blast in the third inning and capped his historic day with a mammoth solo shot onto 8th Avenue SW in the eighth inning.

They've been playing minor league ball in Cedar Rapids since 1890 and during all that time nobody has ever hit four home runs in a game, according to Kernels communications manager Andy Pantini.

 

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J-Hawks ousted by Burlington, 5-1

Veterans Memorial Stadium is a terrific minor league ballpark with all the amenities, but it turned into a haunted house for the Jefferson J-Hawks this season.

Jefferson lost to Kennedy, 20-10, in the championship game of the Metro Tournament to begin the season in May when the Cougars scored 14 runs in the final inning.

The J-Hawks returned to the stadium Monday night and lost to Burlington, 5-1, in the semifinals of the Class 4A substate tournament.

The lights at the Jefferson field were severely damaged in a storm in June and have not been replaced yet, so the J-Hawks moved up the block to Veterans Memorial Stadium for their most important game of the year.

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Kernels blanked by Fort Wayne, 2-0

Scoring runs had been no problem for the Cedar Rapids Kernels the past two weeks, but Fort Wayne pitchers put an end to that stretch of good fortune Sunday.

The Tin Caps blanked the Kernels, 2-0, Sunday afternoon before 2,432 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels did not have a runner reach second base until the sixth inning when Michael Quesada and J.D. Williams opened the frame with back-to-back singles. But a failed bunt, a strikeout and a ground-out ended the home team’s first, last and only threat of the day.

Cedar Rapids mustered just four hits, all singles, and No.9 batter Williams claimed two of them.

Fort Wayne hitters did not fare much better, with just five hits, but they scored on a bases-loaded ground-out in the second inning and on a sacrifice fly in the third.

The Kernels wasted efficient pitching in the game, which lasted just two hours and 14 minutes.

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Maddie Hansen wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Jefferson junior Maddie Hansen is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Hansen is an all-star catcher for the sixth-ranked Jefferson J-Hawks (34-6), who will face No.3 Southeast Polk (28-9) in the first round of the Class 5A state softball tournament Tuesday morning at 11:30 in Fort Dodge.

Hansen has enjoyed a fabulous career for Jefferson with an entire full year to go. She has a career batting average of .448 since she began playing as an eighth grader with 16 home runs and 163 RBIs in 144 games.

Hansen is hitting .455 this season with 14 doubles, seven homers and 46 RBIs despite being pitched very carefully. She led Class 5A in RBIs last year when she drove in 69 runs while hitting .500 with seven home runs.

Hansen was named first team all-state last year as a sophomore when she helped Jefferson place fifth at the state tournament. She hit .426 as a freshman in 2012 and batted .354 as an eighth grader in 2011.

   

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Metro Schedule

Sunday, July 20 Thursday, July 24
MWL: Fort Wayne 2, Kernels 0 MWL: Kernels at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Monday, July 21
MWL: Kernels 8, Fort Wayne 1
3A DISTRICT BASEBALL Friday, July  25
Marion 2, Western Dubuque 0 MWL: Kernels at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL
Burlington 5, Jefferson 1


Tuesday, July 22 Saturday, July 26
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 7 p.m.
5A Quarterfinal: Southeast Polk 2, Jefferson 0
Wednesday, July 23 Sunday, July 27
3A SUBSTATE BASEBALL FINAL MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 2 p.m.
Davenport Assumption 10, Marion 0
4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL FINAL
Kennedy 5, Davenport West 1
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE

5A Consolation: Pleasant Valley 12, Jefferson 0


5A Seventh Place: Jefferson 2,  Waukee 0
MWL: Kernels 7, Bowling Green 2










































































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