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DuToit is 40th player to join IWSL

Nicole DuToit of Ellsworth Community College has become the 40th player to join the Iowa Women's Softball League for this summer.

DuToit, an outfielder, is hitting .500 with four RBIs for Ellsworth this season as a sophomore. She hit .250 with 10 RBIs last year.

DuToit, who attended Southeast Polk High School, has selected the new Central Division this season with games in Ames and Indianola. There is also an Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was created by the Metro Sports Report last year and is the only collegiate summer league in Iowa. All current and former college players are eligible, including graduating seniors.

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The IWSL will play a 16-game season in 2018, with a series of eight Sunday doubleheaders in June and July.

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Mayhew stars as KCC softball rolls

HARRISON, Ark. - DoniRae Mayhew belted three home runs and drove in nine runs Monday as the Kirkwood Eagles slammed North Arkansas, 14-4 and 26-3, to sweep a doubleheader in Arkansas.

Mayhew went 7-for-8 in the twinbill with three doubles, three homers and seven runs scored. She was 4-for-4 with all three homers in the 14-4 victory and was also the winning pitcher.

Rachel Stewart went 5-for-10 in the doubleheader with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Skylar Ryan was 5-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs.

Hannah Mausser was 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. She also pitched an inning for the first time this season. Lauren Kuch was 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and six runs.

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KCC baseball falls to Indian River

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Kirkwood baseball team suffered its first loss on its spring trip to Florida Monday with a 6-2 setback to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

Peyton Long pitched 4 2/3 innings and was touched for four runs, but the Eagles committed four errors in the ballgame and all of the runs against Long were unearned.

Korry Howell and Joel Thompson collected RBIs for Kirkwood (9-3). The Eagles had only six hits in the contest.

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KCC women heading back to nationals

Awal Ajak had to sit and watch her Kirkwood teammates win the national title last year after suffering a torn ACL late in the season, but now she's got a chance to finish her junior college career in style.

Arika Wooldridge nearly quit basketball last year after one unhappy season at Winona State, but now she has a chance to help Kirkwood climb to top of the junior colleges again.

So do all the happy Eagles, who are extremely excited about their opportunity to win back-to-back titles.

The second-ranked Eagles rallied for a 65-52 victory over 12th-ranked NIACC in the regional finals Sunday at Johnson Hall to earn a trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament March 20-24 in Harrison, Ark.

"I'm extremely happy right now," said Ajak, a sophomore from Des Moines who contributed 10 points Sunday. "Even though I didn't make it last year, I was still happy to be on a team that wanted to make it happen and wanted to win the national title.

"I'm extremely overwhelmed with emotion right now. It was a lot of pain, but it paid off."

Wooldridge, who attended high school at Center Point-Urbana, got hurt near the beginning of the season at Winona State last year and did not like being so far away from home in Minnesota. She thought seriously about quitting the game, but Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl convinced her to give it another shot and play closer to home and family.

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KCC softball raises mark to 15-1

JOPLIN, Mo. - The Kirkwood softball team finished with a perfect 6-0 record at the Crowder Bash by winning two more games Sunday in Joplin, Mo.

The fifth-ranked Eagles blanked Labette, 5-0, in their first game and defeated Murray State, 11-4, in their second contest.

Rachel Stewart went 7-for-9 in the two games with three doubles, four runs and five RBIs. She was 2-for-4 against Labette and 5-for-5 against Murray State.

Monika Bevans was 5-for-7 Sunday with a two-run homer and four RBIs. She also walked twice and scored three runs. Hannah Mausser finished 4-for-6 with two walks.

DoniRae Mayhew took a perfect game into the sixth inning against Labette and finished with a three-hitter with three strikeouts.

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