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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood jumps to No.3 in softball poll

The Kirkwood softball team jumped from No.6 to No.3 in the NJCAA Division II rankings last week.

The Eagles (34-3) are riding a 27-game winning streak.

Louisiana State University Eunice (42-4) is ranked No.1 and Phoenix College (35-13) is ranked No.2.

Kirkwood visits Marshalltown Wednesday and hosts No.7 DMACC Thursday in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. in a showdown for the ICCAC lead.

NJCAA Division II RANKINGS
1. LSU Eunice, 2. Phoenix College, 3. Kirkwood, 4. Cowley County, 5. Heartland, 6. Jones County, 7. DMACC, 8. Mississippi Gulf Coast, 9. Highland (Kan.), 10. Parkland, 11. Illinois Central, 12.  Mercyhurst North East, 13. Kankakee, 14. Florence-Darlington Tech, 15. Owens, 16. Labette, 17. Johnson County, 18. Grand Rapids, 19. Chesapeake, 20. Illinois Valley.

 

Lost weekend for Kirkwood ballclub

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood baseball team, struggling to score runs, dropped its second straight doubleheader to Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge Sunday.

The Eagles scored only three runs in four games all weekend and were shut out twice.

Iowa Central swept Sunday's doubleheader, 2-1 and 3-0.

Iowa Central swept Saturday's twinbill, 4-0 and  3-2, as the Eagles wasted good pitching of their own.

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Winter helps No.6 Eagles push streak to 27

Kristen Winter has been an outstanding softball player and a top-notch leader for a long time at Xavier High School and Kirkwood Community College.

Now she's even better, thanks partly to her work as an assistant coach at Xavier last summer.

"You just know the game better," she said Saturday after helping No.6 Kirkwood crush Iowa Lakes in a doubleheader. "You know what to look for in an at-bat, you know what pitches they're going to throw you more. Knowing how to run the bases was a big one for me.

"It gives you a little more confidence, to be honest," she said. "I've been playing the game forever and I love it, but you feel more in control of the game."

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Kirkwood golfers aiming high (and dry)

Sean Cleary was excited when he left Ireland two years ago to attend Kirkwood Community College and play golf for the Eagles.

"I thought you could play golf the year-round," he said Thursday, laughing at himself. "That's what I thought."

Cleary and the Eagles have been watching the rain and trying to stay warm this spring, just like everyone else, but they did manage to win the Iowa Central Invitational this month and place third at the Wartburg College Invitational.

Several meets have been postponed and their practice time on courses has been limited.

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Kirkwood's showdown with DMACC postponed

The junior college softball doubleheader between Kirkwood and DMACC was postponed due to inclement weather and wet grounds Monday at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood (32-3) is ranked No.6 in NJCAA Division II and DMACC (25-1) is ranked No.8. Both teams are 12-0 in the ICCAC conference.

The doubleheader has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 25 at Kirkwood at 3 p.m.

Kirkwood and DMACC are scheduled to meet this Thursday in Boone in their other doubleheader this season at 3 p.m.

   

Saladino tosses no-hitter for No.6 Eagles

Freshman Shy Saladino pitched a no-hitter and struck out seven batters Sunday as the Kirkwood Eagles crushed Kishwaukee, 20-0, in five innings in the Kirkwood Classic.

Amber Logemann tossed a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts and Kayla Tatge hit her 19th home run as the sixth-ranked Eagles blanked Mineral Area Community College, 4-0, in their other game Sunday.

Saladino raised her record to 8-0 and lowered her ERA to 1.69 with the no-hitter. She also had two hits and drove in two runs.

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Kirkwood's Tatge smashing record book

Kirkwood softball player Kayla Tatge says it’s just a coincidence that her uniform bears the number 1.

“There were only a few numbers available when I was a freshman, and I just picked it,” she remembers.

But you have to wonder if she had an inkling.

This past week the sweet-swinging sophomore moved into first place on Kirkwood’s career home run list when she smacked the 37th long ball of her Eagle career.

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Kirkwood drops a pair to No.2 DMACC

After taking both ends of Saturday's doubleheader against No.2 DMACC, Kirkwood was right back at it again Sunday, but with less success.

DMACC took the first game 7-1 in 10 innings and the second game 3-1 at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood (19-7, 7-5 ICCAC) had plenty of opportunities in the opener, but managed only one run on 11 hits. Kirkwood third baseman Dairo Gonzales went 5-for-5 with two doubles and accounted for the lone Eagle run with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Dennis Colon also contributed a pair of singles.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 April 2013 21:27

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KCC softball has 23-game win streak

Amber Logemann tossed a no-hitter Saturday and the Kirkwood Eagles swept a doubleheader from Mineral Area College, 8-0 and 4-0, at the Kirkwood softball field.

The sixth-ranked Eagles (30-3) have won 23 straight games.

Kirkwood was scheduled to host a tournament this weekend, but an unfavorable weather forecast for Sunday and an unplayable field at Prairie High School led to a change in plans.

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Eagles sweep No.2 DMACC & Freese

The Kirkwood Eagles spent all week watching it rain and trying to keep warm, anxious to play winning baseball again after losing a series at NIACC last weekend.

They responded in championship form Saturday.

The Eagles swept a doubleheader from second-ranked DMACC, 4-3 and 3-1, to scramble the ICCAC conference standings and get back in the race.

"As a coach, you are nervous about how you're going to respond," Kirkwood boss Todd Rima remarked after the twin-killing. "I feel we have great kids and they'll respond the right way. And they did."

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