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Long helps Eagles split with DMACC

The Kirkwood Eagles needed a starting pitcher to go deep into a ballgame to salvage the final game of a four-game series with DMACC Tuesday at the Kirkwood field.

Peyton Long answered the call.

Long tossed eight strong innings as the Eagles trimmed DMACC, 4-2, in the second game of Tuesday's twinbill.

DMACC won the first game, 5-2.

Long allowed only one run on six hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. He threw 109 pitches and gave the bullpen a much-needed rest in  the last game of the series.

Kirkwood lost the first three games of the series, and none of their starting pitchers lasted more than 3 1/3 innings in any of those games.

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No. 2 Eagles split with Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - The Kirkwood Eagles committed five errors Sunday and lost the first game of their doubleheader against Iowa Lakes, 7-5, in conference action in Estherville.

The second-ranked Eagles bounced back with a 12-0 victory in the nightcap on a one-hitter by Angie McBeain.

Kirkwood (27-2, 7-1) rallied from a 5-3 deficit and tied the opener, 5-5, with two runs in the top of the sixth, but the 17th-ranked Lakers (20-7, 7-3) scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and held on for the victory against Kirkwood ace Lexi Kinnaird.

Taylor Nearad hit home runs in both games for Kirkwood, giving her nine round-trippers this season. DoniRae Mayhew also belted her ninth homer for the Eagles in the doubleheader.

Maddie Hansen went 4-for-4 for the Eagles in the 7-5 setback. Lexi Ferrari was 3-for-4. Nearad was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Morgan Frost had two RBIs in the opener.

Kinnaird (13-2, 1.67 ERA)  pitched a complete game for the Eagles. She was touched for nine hits and five earned runs.

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Kirkwood baseball swept by DMACC

The Kirkwood Eagles spent a long, empty day at the ballpark Saturday.

The Eagles were swept by DMACC, 12-4 and 10-8, in a conference doubleheader that lasted nearly six hours.

The second game went 10 innings and ended a disappointing afternoon for the home team.

The 12-4 blowout in the first game was the first lopsided loss for  Kirkwood all season. The Eagles have dropped nine games this season, with six of the losses by one run and two games by two runs.

Kirkwood owned an 8-5 lead after five innings of the second game, but DMACC tied the score with three runs in the top of the sixth and it stayed deadlocked until the Bears pushed across two runs in the 10th.

The Eagles had the game-winning run on second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but stranded Korry Howell on base.

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Kinnaird sparkles as No. 2 Eagles roll

MASON CITY - Lexi Kinnaird tossed a two-hit shutout Saturday as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles blanked NIACC, 12-0, in the first game  of an ICCAC conference doubleheader in Mason City.

Kirkwood also rolled in the second game, 16-2. Both contests lasted only five innings due to the mercy rule.

Kinnaird (13-1, 1.37 ERA) struck out eight batters in the opener, giving her 130 strikeouts and only six walks in 82 innings. She leads all pitchers in NJCAA Division II with the 130 whiffs.

Maddie Hansen belted her eighth home run of the season in the 12-0 victory and Morgan Frost hit her third homer. Frost and Audra Bridenstine drove in three runs.

Lexi Ferrari, Taylor Nearad, Angie McBeain, Chaise Light and Bridenstine had two hits. Ferrari drove in two runs in the opener.

Monika Bevans socked her fourth home run and drove in five runs in the 16-2 verdict in the second game. Nearad went 3-for-5 and drove in two  runs. Megan Kublik had three RBIs. Ferrari, Hansen, Frost, McBeain and  Bevans had two hits.

McBeain (10-0, 1.92 ERA) was touched for one unearned run in four innings in the second game. She struck out eight batters.

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Goods was great story for Kirkwood

Simone Goods admits she was scared.

She played basketball at Western Kentucky last season as a freshman, but did not feel comfortable there and transferred to Kirkwood this season for the next step in her career.

All of a sudden, she went from an NCAA Division I basketball program with all expenses paid to a junior college. It helped that Deleyah Harris, one of her best friends from Omaha, was already playing at  Kirkwood, but there were some anxious moments.

"I was definitely scared," Goods said Saturday night, "but I just had a lot of support."

That support came from her family, her new teammates and from Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl and his entire staff.

"Coach Muhl always talks to me about how I've blossomed," she said, "because when I first got here he always tells me I was like a sad little dog."

Goods laughed when she made that last remark, because it came shortly after the 6-foot-2 center helped the Eagles win the NJCAA Division II  national title in Arkansas Saturday night.

Goods had a big double-double in the championship game with 19 points and 17 rebounds against Johnson County, despite being double-teamed  most of the night. She was named the MVP of the national tournament, adding to her collection as the league MVP and regional MVP this season.

Goods averaged 16.2 points and 8.2 rebounds this season and likely will be named a first team All-American when the postseason honors are announced. Keep in mind, she compiled those numbers despite playing only 21.7 minutes per game on a team that won all 37 of its games by more than 30 points per contest.

Goods shot 67.5 percent from the field, a mark that led the nation, and also displayed a fine touch at the foul line, hitting 76 percent  of her free throws.

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