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No. 1 Eagles share ICCAC softball title

NORFOLK, Neb. - The Kirkwood softball team should send two dozen roses and a box of chocolates to their friends at Southwestern Community  College in Creston.

Thanks to Southwestern, the Eagles have finished the ICCAC season with a share of the conference title.

It looked like the top-ranked Eagles would finish a game behind  fifth-ranked DMACC in the league standings, but Southwestern upset DMACC on Sunday to open the door for Kirkwood.

Kirkwood obliged by sweeping its conference doubleheader at Northeast Community College Sunday, so Kirkwood and DMACC finished in a tie for  first place with identical 24-2 records.

Southwestern beating DMACC was quite an upset, because Southwestern finished in seventh place in the conference with a 6-22 record. Southwestern beat DMACC in the first game of their doubleheader, 6-2, but DMACC responded with a 10-0 victory in the nightcap.

Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge has now won eight conference titles (outright or shared) in his 10 years with the Eagles.

Kirkwood swept Northeast, 9-2 and 20-4, on the road in Norfolk, Neb., on Sunday, raising their overall record to 48-3.

Lexi Kinnaird (24-2, 1.24 ERA) allowed one earned run in the 9-2 victory. She allowed four hits, with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

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Kirkwood baseball sweeps Iowa Lakes

The Kirkwood Eagles have put themselves in position to win the ICCAC conference baseball title this season.

Now they have to finish the job.

Kirkwood swept a doubleheader from Iowa Lakes, 8-5 and 8-7, Sunday at the Kirkwood field and is just one game out of first place in the  ICCAC standings with eight games left.

Southeastern leads the league with a 12-4 record, followed by Kirkwood (11-5), NIACC (10-6), Iowa Central (12-8), DMACC (11-9), Ellsworth (3-13) and Iowa Lakes (1-15).

Kirkwood finishes the conference race with a four-game series at NIACC April 29-30, then is scheduled to host Southeastern in a four-game set May 5-6 in a possible showdown for the title.

The Eagles won the nightcap against Iowa Lakes Sunday on a walk-off homer by Lorenzo Elion with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, snapping a 7-7 tie.

Kirkwood trailed in the nightcap 4-1, but the Eagles battled back and took a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Ross Kramer collected an  RBI double to snap a 4-4 tie and give Kirkwood a 5-4 lead, then Cal Clark belted a two-run homer for a 7-4 margin.

Iowa Lakes responded with three runs in the top of the ninth, however, to tie the game at 7-7.

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Kirkwood puts Iowa Lakes in 'Funk'

Joe Funkhouser has great respect for his older brother and tries to emulate him on the pitching mound.

That's smart, because Kyle Funkhouser is pitching in the minor leagues these days after helping Louisville make two trips to the College World Series.

Funkhouser pitched eight scoreless innings Saturday as the Kirkwood Eagles topped Iowa Lakes, 6-1, in the second game of a conference doubleheader at the Kirkwood field.

Hunter Lee tossed a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory in the opener for Kirkwood, which climbed within one game of the conference lead with the sweep.

Funkhouser, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound right-hander, is a bulldog on the mound for the Eagles. He pitches quickly, challenges hitters and will throw all day if you let him.

"I kind of got that from my brother," he said. "The same mentality. I want to get the ball and go.

"I think our team feeds off that. A quicker pace and get back in (the dugout) faster."

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Goods named JUCO National Player of Year

Kirkwood sophomore Simone Goods was honored Friday with the 2017 Spalding NJCAA DII Women's Player of the Year Award after leading the  Eagles to the national title this season.

The selection was made by the DII women's basketball committee.

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl earlier was named the Spalding DII Coach of the Year by the committee.

Goods, a 6-foot-2 center from Omaha, averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks this season. She shot 67.9 percent from the field, which led the country.

Goods transferred to Kirkwood for the 2016-17 campaign after spending one year at Western Kentucky.

Kirkwood finished with a perfect 37-0 record this year and won the seventh national title in school history.

Goods averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds in four games at the national tournament and was named the tournament MVP. She also was named the conference MVP and the regional MVP.

Goods collected 10 double-doubles this season and scored in double figures in 34 of 37 games.

 

No. 1 Eagles split with No. 5 DMACC

BOONE - The Kirkwood Eagles have the top-ranked softball team in the country, but they'll probably finish as the No. 2 team in their own league.

The Eagles split a doubleheader at DMACC Friday, winning the opener  2-1 and dropping the nightcap 8-5.

The split left DMACC with a 21-1 record in the ICCAC conference with  four games left in the race. Kirkwood is 20-2 and will need help from  another team to win the title.

Kirkwood trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning in the  opener when it broke through with two runs.

Maddie Hansen collected a one-out single and was replaced by  pinch-runner Amanda Pipolo, who stole second to get into scoring position. Morgan Frost delivered a two-out double to tie the game 1-1, then Angie McBeain hit another double to drive in Frost and give the  Eagles a 2-1 edge.

Lexi Kinnaird (22-2, 1.25 ERA) kept DMACC off the board in the bottom  of the sixth and seventh to finish the victory. Kinnaird tossed a five-hitter for the victory.

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