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PST baseball coming to Prospect Meadows

The primary goal of the new Prospect Meadows sports complex is to give  every boy and girl in our community a chance to play ball.

The Positive Sports Training youth baseball program heartily agrees  and has scheduled at least 86 games at Prospect Meadows this season.  Additional games could be added during the year.

Positive Sports Training has been in existence for more than 30 years.

There are 195 teams and approximately 2,500 boys in the program this  season. The age groups run from 7-and-under through 14-and-under.

The PST games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights  at Prospect Meadows, which is located north of Marion at the juncture  of Highway 13 and County Home Road.

"We are very excited to see the number of teams aligned with Positive  Sports Training coming out to Prospect Meadows to play this spring and  summer," said Jack Roeder, the general manager of the sparkling new  complex. "One of our main goals from Day 1 was to give a large number  of local kids the opportunity to play at this beautiful new facility,  and this starts the process."

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Hocker helps Eagles split with SCC

WEST BURLINGTON - Erin Hocker sparkled on the mound for the Kirkwood  Eagles Wednesday as they split a non-conference doubleheader with  Southeastern Community College.

Hocker pitched all nine innings as the fifth-ranked Eagles topped the  Blackhawks, 4-1, in the first game in West Burlington.

Southeastern won the second game, 3-2, to split the twinbill.

Hocker (16-6) allowed only one run on seven hits in the 4-1 victory in  the opener, with four strikeouts and no walks. Kirkwood snapped a 1-1  tie with three runs in the top of the ninth.

London Jackson went 2-for-3 and scored twice in the opener. Jessi  Butler also had two hits for the Eagles.

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Mustang softball continues to slide

CANTON, Mo. - A promising season for the Mount Mercy softball team  keeps heading in the wrong direction.

The Mustangs were swept by Culver-Stockton in a pair of tight  ballgames Wednesday, 3-2 and 5-4, in a Heart of America Conference  doubleheader.

Mount Mercy has lost seven straight games and 11 of their last 13,  dropping its records to 20-18 overall and 13-13 in the conference.  Culver-Stockton raised its marks to 24-15 overall and 18-8 in the  league.

Tawny Menster went 5-for-5 with two RBIs for Mount Mercy in the  doubleheader. She was 2-for-2 in the opener and 3-for-3 with two  doubles and a sacrifice fly in the nightcap. Emily Oler hit a home run  and drove in two runs in the 5-4 loss.

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Wright, Mia joining Mount Mercy basketball

Micha Mims has begun rebuilding the Mount Mercy women's basketball program with the addition of five new players for next season, including two players from right here in the Metro area.

Randi Wright, who was part of an incredible three-year streak at Marion High School, plans to continue her career at Mount Mercy after helping the Indians win the Class 4A state title in 2018 and claim runner-up honors in 2017 and 2019. Wright, 6-foot-1, averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds this season.

Sammy Mia, a 5-foot-8 guard from Cedar Rapids Washington, also has cast her fortunes with the Mustangs. Mia averaged 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals for the Warriors, who finished with a 16-6 record.

"It's exciting to have two players from right in our back yard," said Mims, who is a former Cedar Rapids Washington player herself.

Mims also has signed three teammates from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Boone with Aliyah Robinson, Grace Stalzer and Taylor Abernathy.

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Jackson belts 14th homer for Eagles

London Jackson belted her 14th home run of the season Tuesday to help  the Kirkwood Eagles dump Iowa Western, 9-1, in the first game of their  non-conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Iowa Western won the nightcap, 11-3, in five innings.

Jackson went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and scored three runs in the 9-1  victory, which ended after six innings due to the mercy rule. She is  tied for third in the country with her 14 homers.

Rachel Stewart went 2-for-4 with two runs in the victory. Lauren  Klaahsen drove in two runs. Erin Hocker (15-6) pitched a complete  game, allowing one run on two hits.

Iowa Western led 11-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of  Game 2. Kirkwood scored three times, but it was not enough to stay  alive due to the eight-run mercy rule.

The split left the fifth-ranked Eagles at 31-10 at the NJCAA Division  II level. Iowa Western is 26-16 at the NJCAA Division I level.

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