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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Eagles split twinbill with Muscatine

MUSCATINE - The Kirkwood Eagles traded a pair of one-run victories with Muscatine Wednesday in junior college baseball at Muscatine.

Kirkwood won the first game, 7-6, in eight innings. Muscatine captured the second game, 11-10.

The split left the Eagles with a 22-12 record, surpassing last year's victory total when they finished 21-33.


Eagles raise streak to 31 in row

MARSHALLTOWN - The third-ranked Kirkwood Eagles ran their winning streak to 31 straight games Wednesday when they swept a doubleheader from Marshalltown, 2-0 and 5-2.

Amber Logemann (16-3, 0.53 ERA) pitched a four-hit shutout in the opener. Kristen Winter went 2-for-3. Leah Duffe and Lauren Smith collected RBIs.

Sam Belz (14-0, 0.76 ERA) pitched the first six innings to get the victory in the nightcap. Logemann tossed the final inning and struck out three batters for the save.



No.3 Eagles riding 29-game streak

IOWA FALLS - The third-ranked Kirkwood softball team extended its winning streak to 29 games Tuesday by sweeping an ICCAC doubleheader at Ellsworth, 9-0 and 12-1.

Both games lasted only five innings.

Kayla Tatge belted her 21st home run and Amber Logemann (15-3) pitched a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in the first game. Kristen Winter hit her ninth home run and drove in four runs. Shelby Crist had two hits and Krysta Tutsch drove in two runs.



Eagles snap 6-game skid with sweep

The Kirkwood Eagles snapped a six-game losing streak Tuesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Dakota Tech, 2-1 and 7-2, at the Kirkwood baseball field.

The Eagles (21-11) won the first game in the bottom of the eighth inning when Jean Carlos Rodriguez drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to drive in Alex Thompson.

Kirkwood tied the opener, 1-1, in the bottom of the seventh on a pinch-hit double by Dennis Colon.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:26



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.

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.



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."



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.



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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