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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

SCC sweeps Eagles out of ICCAC race

WEST BURLINGTON - The Kirkwood Eagles needed to win their weekend  series against Southeastern to win the conference baseball title, but  their hopes were dashed Friday in West Burlington.

The fourth-ranked Southeastern Blackhawks swept the 11th-ranked  Eagles, 9-1 and 3-2, to clinch the conference title.

Kirkwood hosts Southeastern in another doubleheader Saturday at 1  p.m., but the Eagles have been eliminated from title contention and  have fallen into third place.

Southeastern tops the ICCAC standings at 22-4. NIACC has jumped into second place at 19-6-1, with Kirkwood now third at 17-6-1.

Kirkwood got only five hits in the 9-1 loss in the opener and had only  four hits in the 3-2 loss in the nightcap. Kal Youngquist hit a home  run for the Eagles in Game 2.



Kirkwood golfers eye regional title

PANORA - The Kirkwood men's golf team is locked in a tight battle with DMACC for top honors at the NJCAA Region XI Championship at the Lake Panorama National Resort.

DMACC holds the first-round lead with a team score of 299 Saturday, with Kirkwood just one shot behind in second place at 300.

The final round is Sunday. The top three teams advance to the national tournament.

JD Goodfellow, Dawson Peters and Max Thrune of Kirkwood fired rounds of 2-over-par 74 and are tied for second place in the individual standings with five other golfers. Reinhardt Saunderson of Southwestern Community College has a four-shot lead at 2-under 70.



Ketelsen will pitch for Central Michigan

Kirkwood pitcher Adam Ketelsen has accepted an offer to pitch for the Central Michigan Chippewas next season.

Ketelsen, a left-hander from Mount Vernon, has a 7-1 record and 2.77 ERA for the 11th-ranked Eagles this season. He has struck out 74 batters in 52 innings.

Central Michigan is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the Mid-American Conference.


Fullard commits to Iowa baseball

Izaya Fullard has become the third member of the 2018 Kirkwood baseball team to commit to the Iowa Hawkeyes for next season.

Fullard, a third baseman and first baseman, is a freshman from Iowa City West. He is hitting .436 with four home runs and 58 RBIs at Kirkwood.

Fullard will have three years of eligibility at Iowa. He joins Kirkwood shortstop Korry Kowell and pitcher Hunter Lee as future Hawkeyes.



Kuch helps No. 5 Eagles slam Ellsworth

Lauren Kuch lofted a long fly ball down the left-field line and dutifully ran to first base Friday afternoon, thinking she'd have to turn around and take another swing.

"I actually thought it was going to be foul," she said.

Kuch knew she was wrong when she heard a loud "ping" as the ball hit the metal foul pole. The bases were loaded, so it became a grand slam home run instead of a long strike.

"I was excited," Kuch said. "Yeah, I was excited."

Kuch's grand slam in the bottom of the first inning steered the fifth-ranked Eagles to a 10-0 victory over Ellsworth in the opening round of the regional junior college tournament at Kirkwood.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings due to the college mercy rule.



Kirkwood hosting boys basketball camps

Kirkwood Community College will be hosting a pair of boys basketball  camps in June at the Michael J. Gould Recreation Center on campus.

The first camp is for boys who will be entering Grades 3 through 8  this fall and will be held June 6-8. The fee is $135 and includes  lunch for two days.

The second camp is for boys who will be entering Grades 5 through 9  this fall and will be held June 19-21. The fee is $75.



No .5 Eagles swept by No. 11 Illinois Central

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The fifth-ranked Kirkwood softball team was swept by 11th-ranked Illinois Central, 3-0 and 6-5 in 10 innings, in the final games of the regular season Tuesday on the road.

Kirkwood (43-11) collected only two hits in the first game.

Kenady Waugh, sidelined the last two weeks with a knee injury, returned to action for the Eagles and went 3-for-4 and scored twice in the second game.

DoniRae Mayhew had two hits and two RBIs in the nightcap. She leads  NJCAA Division II with 81 RBIs. Lauren Kuch also had two hits and two RBIs.

Natalie Halvorson (23-8) was the losing pitcher in both games. She was the starting pitcher in Game 1 and a relief pitcher in Game 2.



Moseley is sparkplug for No. 10 Eagles

Chili Moseley plays a variety of positions for the Kirkwood baseball team and plays them all very well, but it would be terribly unfair to label him as simply a utility player.

Moseley is entirely capable of starting at second base, third base or right field for the Eagles - he's done all three in style - but the 5-foot-6 sophomore is extremely valuable at plugging whatever hole crops up at Kirkwood.

He's starting at second base now with Cal Clark on the disabled list and had a sensational weekend series against Ellsworth, going 8-for-12 with two doubles, a triple, a home and five RBIs in four games.

Kirkwood swept Ellsworth by identical 10-0 scores Sunday, with both games stopped in the sixth inning due to the college mercy rule in walk-off fashion. Moseley's two-run homer, a laser to left field, ended the second game for the twin-killing.

Moseley stays in the lineup on a regular basis due to his bat, his glove, his positive attitude and daring base-running, although sometimes it looks like Coach Todd Rima would like to put a lasso around him when he's trying for an extra base.

Moseley is hitting .357 with 25 RBIs and Rima loves writing his name in the lineup, no matter what position he happens to be playing.



Mayhew belts 4 homers for No. 5 Eagles

DoniRae Mayhew hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs for the Kirkwood softball this past weekend on its road trip to Fort Dodge and Iowa Falls.

Kirkwood split its two games at Iowa Central on Saturday, winning 17-4 before falling 5-4. The fifth-ranked Eagles swept Ellsworth on Sunday, prevailing 16-2 and 11-0 against the Panthers.

Mayhew went 3-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs in the 17-4 victory over Iowa Central. Rachel Stewart was 3-for-4. Hannah Mausser went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Audra Bridenstine was 2-for-2 with two doubles. Lauren Kuch drove in two runs. Natalie Halvorson hit a home run.

Mayhew went 3-for-4 and hit another homer in the 5-4 loss to Iowa Central. Monika Bevans was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Mayhew belted another homer and drove in three runs in the 16-2 verdict over Ellsworth. Bevans was 3-for-4 with three doubles, four RBIs and four runs. Stewart was 2-for-2 and scored three times. Mausser went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Skylar Ryan had two hits.



Howell would listen to pro offer

Kirkwood shortstop Korry Howell could have a big decision to make this summer, but there are no bad options.

He could turn pro and play baseball for a living if he's drafted high enough and likes the offer, or he could play for the Iowa Hawkeyes next season and join one of the top programs in the Big Ten.

He could turn pro, make money and not have to wake up early for classes. Or he could move to Iowa City and play for the Hawks.

Howell was selected in the 19th round of the Major League draft last summer by Kansas City, but he'd already decided to stick with Kirkwood for his sophomore year and declined a modest offer from the Royals.

This time he'll be tempted to go play in the minor leagues if he likes the possibilities.



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