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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 2 Eagles roll at national tourney

CLINTON, Miss. - The second-ranked Kirkwood softball team brought their potent bats to the national tournament on Wednesday.

The Eagles scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and dumped Oakland Community College, 12-3, in five innings in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II tournament at Traceway Park.

Kirkwood (55-4) will face Cowley County (44-15) in the winners bracket quarterfinals Thursday at 3:30.

Taylor Nearad, the 2016 Junior College National Player of the Year, belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to get things started. Morgan Frost had a two-run single in the first inning and Chaise Light collected a two-run double for the early 6-0 lead.

Laken Berthume, the starting pitcher for Oakland, got only one out in the first inning before being chased from the game.

Kirkwood scored three runs in the third inning for a 9-3 advantage and scored three more times in the fourth to make it 12-3. The game ended after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:02

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KCC softball draws No. 2 seed for nationals

The Kirkwood Eagles have drawn the No. 2 seed for the NJCAA Division II national softball tournament and will face No. 15 seed Oakland (Mich.) in the first round Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.in Clinton, Miss.

Jones County of Mississippi is the top seed.

Kirkwood, which placed fifth in the national tournament last year, enters this year's event with a 54-4 record.

The Eagles feature the most potent offense in the country and also have two of the top pitchers with Lexi Kinnaird and Angie McBeain.

Kinnaird (29-3, 1.30 ERA) leads the nation in victories and strikeouts (267). McBeain is 20-1 with a 1.62 ERA.

Kirkwood center fielder Taylor Nearad, who was the 2016 National Junior College Player of the Year, leads the nation this season in  hits (111), runs (105) and doubles (35). She ranks third in triples (8), fourth in home runs (18), sixth in batting average(.531) and seventh in RBIs (77).

Catcher Maddie Hansen leads the nation with 92 RBIs. She ranks second in home runs (19) and fourth in batting average (.541).

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Kirkwood KO'd at regional baseball meet

WATERLOO - The 2017 college baseball season came to an unhappy ending for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday.

Southeastern Community College defeated Kirkwood, 10-0, in five innings in a loser's bracket game at the regional tournament in  Waterloo.

Kirkwood lost 2-of-3 games at the tournament and finished the season  with a 34-20 record.

Southeastern and NIACC meet in the loser's bracket championship game at noon on Sunday. The winner faces Iowa Central for the title.

 

 

   

Eagles edged by Tritons in regional

WATERLOO - The Kirkwood Eagles lost to Iowa Central, 3-2, in the  winner's bracket semifinals of the regional baseball tournament at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo Friday night.

The nine-inning game was tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the eighth when  Steven Calderon snapped the deadlock with a solo home run to center field for Iowa Central.

Both teams finished with only five hits in the pitchers duel.

Kirkwood (34-19) will face DMACC or Southeastern in a loser's bracket game at 3:30 Saturday afternoon in the double-elimination tournament.

 

Kirkwood tops DMACC at baseball regional

WATERLOO - The Kirkwood Eagles doubled their fun at the regional baseball tournament at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo Thursday.

The Eagles collected eight doubles and doubled the score on DMACC, 10-5, in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.

Kirkwood (34-18) faces Iowa Central (33-16) in the winner's bracket semifinals Friday at 7 p.m.

Ross Kramer, Lorenzo Elion and Spencer Wiskus had two doubles in the 16-hit attack. Wiskus also belted a home run and was 3-for-4 with  three RBIs.

Kramer was 4-for-5. Elion went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Tyler Bordner  was 2-for-3 and Cal Clark drove in two runs.

The Eagles owned a 6-1 lead after five innings, but DMACC scored twice  in the sixth inning and once in the seventh to make it 6-4.

Kirkwood responded with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the  seventh for a 10-4 lead and coasted home from there.

Joe Funkhouser pitched 5 2/3 innings for Kirkwood and got the win. He  was touched for three runs, but only one run was earned.

Porter Hummel and Kaden Wadle finished the game out of the bullpen for  the Eagles.

DMACC faces Ellsworth in a loser's bracket game at noon on Friday. Southeastern and NIACC meet in the other winner's bracket semifinal at  3:30 today.

DMACC      001 002 101 - 5 11 0
Kirkwood   012 030 40x - 10 16 3

W - Funkhouser. L - Moore.

   

Kirkwood's Harp signs with William Jewell

Kirkwood point guard Byron Harp has signed a national letter-of-intent with William Jewell College, an NCAA Division II school in Liberty, Mo.

Harp helped Kirkwood win the NJCAA Division II title last season with a sensational performance in the national tournament as a freshman. He  averaged 4.4 points during the regular season, but he starred on the big stage and was a primary force in Kirkwood claiming its first crown  since 1998.

Harp, who is from Ankeny, averaged 15.5 points at the national tournament and made the all-tournament team.

He averaged 11 points, nearly four assists and three rebounds for the Eagles this past season when Kirkwood reached the regional finals.

 

Kirkwood swept by Heartland

The Kirkwood baseball team finished the regular season with a pair of losses to Heartland Community College Monday at the Kirkwood field.

Heartland won the first game, 7-2, and captured the nightcap, 10-8.

The losses left Kirkwood with a 33-18 record heading into the regional tournament in Waterloo. The Eagles will face DMACC in the opening round Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Riverfront Stadium.

Kirkwood had only two hits and committed five errors in the 7-2 loss in the first game Monday.

Lorenzo Elion and Ross Kramer hit home runs for the Eagles in the second game. Kramer, Colin Kreiter and Corbin Day had two hits. Spencer Wiskus drove in three runs and Day had two RBIs.

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KCC softball facing Dawson in district

The second-ranked Kirkwood softball team will be riding a bus all the way to Montana this week for the district tournament.

Kirkwood (52-4) will face Dawson (23-10) on Dawson's home field in Glendive, Mont., on Thursday in the best-of-3 series.

Kirkwood and Dawson will play two games on Thursday. A third game, if necessary, would be played Friday.

The district champion advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Clinton, Miss., May 17-20.

Kirkwood topped Dawson in the district tournament last year at Kirkwood, 10-2 and 15-3, with both games lasting only five innings.

 

Kirkwood golfers claim regional title again

AMES - The Kirkwood men's golf team proved once again Sunday that it has the best program in Region XI.

The Eagles captured the regional title for the 13th time in the last 15 years with a 16-stroke victory at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in  Ames.

On top of that, Niall Powell became the 12th player from Kirkwood to claim the individual championship in the last 14 years. Powell is a freshman from England.

The Eagles finished the 36-hole tournament with a four-man total of 601, good for a 16-shot verdict over Iowa Central.

Powell fired a 1-under-par 71 Sunday to edge Wes Bantenbach of Iowa Central by one shot for the individual crown at 1-over 145.

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Miller shines as Eagles sweep SCC

The Kirkwood Eagles needed a boost Saturday after dropping a pair of one-run games to 19th-ranked Southeastern Community College on the  final weekend of the regular season.

It was Miller time.

Austin Miller tossed a complete game as the Eagles trimmed the Blackhawks, 3-1, in the first game of their doubleheader to stop the bleeding and lift everyone's spirits.

Kirkwood then captured the second game, 9-5, to earn a split of the  fourth-game series and give themselves a heavy dose of momentum heading into the regional tournament in Waterloo.

Kirkwood and Southeastern began the weekend in a tie for first place  in the conference with 13-7 records, but they were only one game ahead  of NIACC and Iowa Central. As it turned out, NIACC and Iowa Central both swept their four-game series this weekend and tied for the conference title with 16-8 marks. Kirkwood and Southeastern tied for  third at 15-9.

Kirkwood drew the No. 4 seed in the regional tournament at Riverfront  Stadium in Waterloo and will meet No. 5 seed DMACC on Thursday at 3:30  p.m.

Miller, a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Iowa City West, had struggled on the mound the last few weeks, but he emerged as the stopper Saturday with a good fastball and nasty change-up.

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