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Rima reaches 600 wins as Kirkwood sweeps


AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Todd Rima joined the 600 victory club on Friday  when the Kirkwood Eagles swept a doubleheader from Sussex County, 11-1  and 4-3, on their abbreviated spring trip to Florida.

Rima has a 601-381 record in 19 years as a head college baseball  coach, including a 236-134 mark in eight years at Kirkwood. He also  served as the head coach at NIACC for 11 years.

Kirkwood has suspended all of its spring sports through April 3 due to  precautions regarding the corona virus.

Joel Vaske and Kyle Moeder hit home runs for the Eagles in the 11-1  victory in the opener, which ended after five innings due to the mercy  rule. Vaske was 4-for-4 and drove in five runs.

Jaylen Patterson, Cade Moss and Evan Paulus had two hits. Patterson  collected a double and triple. Paulus scored three times. Josh  Fitzgerald and Moss scored twice. Lorenz Elion and Moss had two RBIs.

Rian Yates (2-1) pitched four strong innings for the victory in Game  1. He allowed one run in four innings, with four strikeouts.

Vaske belted another home run and scored twice in the 4-3 victory in  Game 2. Patterson had two RBIs.

Starting pitcher Luke Llewellyn was touched for one unearned run in 4  2/3 innings, but left with no decision. Clayton Nettleton picked up  the victory in relief by striking out the side in the top of the  seventh. Kirkwood won the game in the bottom of the seventh in  walk-off style.

Kirkwood has won seven of its last eight games, raising its record to 7-5.


Kirkwood         044 03 - 11
Sussex County    100 00 - 1

Yates, Thompson (5) and Moss. W - Yates (2-1). 2B - Patterson, Moss.  3B - Patterson. HR - Vaske, Moeder. SF - Elion.


Sussex County    001 020 0 - 3
Kirkwood         000 201 1 - 4

Llewellyn, Fuller (5), Nigut (6), Nettleton (7) and Robles. W -  Nettleton (1-0). 2B - Fitzgerald. HR - Vaske. SF - Patterson. SB -  Elion.


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