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Eagles upset No. 19 DMACC in regional

CLINTON – The Kirkwood baseball team picked the right time to play one  of its best games of the season Friday.

The Eagles walloped 19th-ranked DMACC, 10-0, in six innings in the  winners bracket semifinals of the regional tournament as Ashford Field.

Kirkwood (33-18) will face Southeastern (40-17) in the winners bracket  finals Saturday at 6 p.m., needing two victories to win the regional  title for the second straight year.

The Eagles are the No. 5 seed in the regional, but they’ve already  defeated No. 4 seed Northeast and No. 1 seed DMACC in the first two  rounds. Northeast and DMACC both won their regular-season series  against Kirkwood this year, 3-1, but the Eagles have made amends in  the postseason.

Carter Lawler (5-3) pitched a strong game against DMACC. He pitched a  complete game, allowing only three hits in six innings with six  strikeouts and three walks.

Kirkwood has been choppy at times this season, but the Eagles  displayed good pitching, good hitting and good defense in the same  game Friday to win easily.

Kal Youngquist and Zion Pettigrew were both 2-for-4 with three RBIs  for the Eagles. Youngquist had a two-run double in the first inning  and Pettigrew followed with a two-run double in the second inning to  point the Eagles in the right direction. Youngquist finished with two  doubles.

Levi Usher went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a triple, two stolen  bases and four runs. Taylor Jackson was 2-for-3 and scored twice.

Kirkwood      232 012 – 10 9 0
DMACC         000 000 – 0 3 3

Lawler and Thompson. Peterson, Hanson (2), Witzke (5), Schumacher (6)  and Holmes. W – Lawler (5-3). L – Peterson (5-2). 2B – Pettigrew,  Youngquist 2. 3B – Usher. RBI – Usher, Jackson, Pettigrew 3,  Youngquist 3, Brister. SAC – Thompson. SF – Usher. SB – Usher 2,  Jackson.


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