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No. 7 Kirkwood softball wins pair

DES MOINES - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team won two more  games at the Winter Dome Tournament in Davenport Sunday.

The Eagles trimmed Southeastern, 5-3, and blanked Waubonsee, 11-0, in  five innings.

Kirkwood (4-0) scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning  against Southeastern to snap a 3-3 tie. Erin Hocker retired the side  in the seventh inning to finish the victory.

Hocker tossed a complete game for the Eagles. She allowed three runs  on seven hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Taleah Smith went 3-for-4 for Kirkwood against Southeastern. Jayme  Finn and London Jackson had two hits. Finn drove in three runs and had  a triple.



Kirkwood - Softball

Tomaszewski boosts No. 7 Eagles

Natalie Tomaszewski looked a little timid and confused at the beginning of the season for the Kirkwood women's basketball team, but she's blossomed into an important player for the Eagles now.

Tomaszewski gave the seventh-ranked Eagles a nice boost off the bench Saturday in an 81-47 victory over Iowa Lakes in an ICCAC Conference game at Johnson Hall.

Tomaszewski collected 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist in perhaps her best all-around game of the season.

The 6-foot-3 freshman from Shorewood, Wis., was not in the rotation earlier this season, but she's moved to the forefront following a season-ending injury to starting center Ashley Tull.

"I think in the beginning, I took it like 'Maybe this isn't for me,'" she said. "As I went through the season, I became more positive about the situation."

Tomaszewski has developed into a productive player for Kirkwood, which is locked in a tight battle with second-ranked NIACC for the conference title. She's scored 13, 12 and 12 points in three of the last six games and is more assertive on the floor.



Kirkwood - Softball

No. 7 KCC softball wins openers

DAVENPORT - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team began the 2019 season with a pair of victories at the Winter Dome Tournament in Davenport Saturday.

The Eagles topped the St. Ambrose junior varsity, 8-5, and whipped John Wood Community College, 12-3.

The games marked the debut of new Kirkwood Coach Eric Frese, who succeeded Joe Yegge after Yegge left to become an assistant at DePaul.

Jayme Finn, Skylar Ryan and Randyn Carter had two hits in the victory over St. Ambrose. Rachel Stewart and Finn scored twice. London Jackson drove in three runs.

Erin Hocker pitched five shutout innings for the victory in Game 1. She allowed only three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks.



Kirkwood - Softball

Richards plans double-duty at Kirkwood

Olivia Richards plans to become the fourth member of her family to play volleyball in college, but she’s going to do something her three older sisters never tried.

Richards plans to play volleyball and softball at Kirkwood Community College after she graduates from Xavier High School this spring.

She’ll become the third member of her family to play volleyball for Coach Jill Williams at Kirkwood. Her sister Audrey played at Kirkwood in 2013 and 2014, then Madsy played for the Eagles in 2015 and 2016. Charlotte did not play at Kirkwood and is currently a freshman at Missouri-St. Louis, where she and Madsy are teammates on the volleyball team.

It’s fairly common for talented athletes to play multiple sports in high school, but it’s rare for people to play two sports in college because of the time demands. College volleyball is a fall sport, but the Kirkwood softball team practices in the fall as well. The college softball season begins in late winter and extends into the spring, but the volleyball team practices then as well.

"It's going to be hard," Richards acknowledged, but she's excited about the challenge.



Kirkwood - Softball

Kuch wins Hall of Fame scholarship

Lauren Kuch of Kirkwood was awarded the Cedar Rapids Softball Hall of Fame scholarship Sunday afternoon during a ceremony at Ellis Park.

The Hall of Fame committee awards a scholarship every year to a local high school graduate who is playing softball at Kirkwood.

Kuch, an outfielder, hit .469 with 12 homers and 68 RBIs this past season as a freshman and was named a Junior College All-American.

Kirkwood reached the NJCAA Division II World Series and finished the 2018 season with a 49-13 record.

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