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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs hosting Heart softball tournament

The Mount Mercy Mustangs have defeated every team in the Heart of America Conference softball tournament that's being conducted this week at least once this season.

On the flip side, the Mustangs have lost at least one game to nearly every team in the field (everyone except Benedictine).

Mount Mercy is hosting the league championships at Busse Field this Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As luck would have it, the Mustangs (30-20) will be playing Culver-Stockton (30-19) in the very first game of the tournament Wednesday morning at 9:30.

“Honestly, it’s wide open,” Mount Mercy Coach Larry Yoder said Tuesday. “Anybody can win it.”

Baker University (41-7) is the No. 1 seed after winning the regular-season title. Grand View (41-8) is the No. 2 seed, putting them at the head of the class.

“Baker would be the favorite because they have the All-American pitcher, and she’s awfully tough,” said Yoder. “And they have a good offensive team, too.

“But they’ve been beaten five times this year (in conference games,” he said. “We actually beat them by the eight-run rule, but the All-American did not pitch that game. And she’s going to pitch every game of this tournament.”

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Mustangs share lead at Heart golf tourney

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. - Mount Mercy and Culver-Stockton are tied for first place after the first round of the Heart of America Conference men's golf tournament at The Club at Porto Cima.

Both teams finished the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament at 17-over-par 305. The event is scheduled to continue Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kaleb Hagge of Mount Mercy shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for second place. All five Mount Mercy golfers are in the top-20 with William Bruyeres shooting a 76, Philip Nelson 77, Nile Happel 78 and Thomas Schuhkraft 80.

Hunter Bettis of Culver-Stockton holds the lead at 1-under 71.

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Mustangs share lead at Heart golf tourney

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. - Mount Mercy and Culver-Stockton are tied for first place after the first round of the Heart of America Conference men's golf tournament at The Club at Porto Cima.

Both teams finished the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament at 17-over-par 305. The event is scheduled to continue Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kaleb Hagge of Mount Mercy shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for second place. All five Mount Mercy golfers are in the top-20 with William Bruyeres shooting a 76, Philip Nelson 77, Nile Happel 78 and Thomas Schuhkraft 80.

Hunter Bettis of Culver-Stockton holds the lead at 1-under 71.

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Mustangs split with No. 16 Central Methodist

FAYETTE, Mo. - Jake Faur turned in a strong pitching performance Saturday as the Mount Mercy Mustangs knocked off 16th-ranked Central Methodist, 8-1, in the second game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader.

Central Methodist took the opener, 9-0.

Faur (3-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one run on four hits. Matt Trouten tossed the final 1 2/3 innings to finish the 8-1 conquest.

Tito Berdecia went 2-for-3 with his sixth homer and three RBIs in Game 1. Kobi Candaroma hit his second homer of the year. Nick Sueppel was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Austin Hilpipre scored twice.

Mount Mercy finished the regular season at 25-21 overall and 16-14 in the conference. Central Methodist is 32-12 overall and 19-8 in the league.

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Heick stars as Mustangs split

OLATHE, Kan. - Jess Heick had a big game to remember Saturday as the Mount Mercy softball team topped MidAmerica Nazarene, 11-5, in the second game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader.

MidAmerica Nazarene won the first game, 7-4.

Heick went 4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs in the 11-5 victory in Game 1. The Mount Mercy third baseman had belted only one homer all season before connecting twice on Saturday.

Jaicee Lyons went 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Mustangs in the victory. Payton Bruner, Jessica Miller and Jolona Shield had two hits. Tawny Menster drove in two runs.

Jayna Witzany (11-7) pitched a complete game for the victory.

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