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No. 2 Eagles sock 6 more homers in sweep

The second-ranked Kirkwood softball team walloped six more home runs Monday and swept Ellsworth, 7-1 and 19-0, in an ICCAC conference doubleheader at the Kirkwood field.

Lexi Ferrari hit two homers, giving her five home runs in two days. Maddie Hansen, Angie McBeain, Megan Kublik and DoniRae Mayhew also knocked the ball over the fence.

Ferrari is batting .513 with eight homers and 43 RBIs. Hansen is hitting .518 with six homers and 42 RBIs. Mayhew has eight home runs this season and McBeain has six. Kublik socked her first round-tripper of the year.

The Eagles belted eight home runs on Sunday when they swept Iowa Central, giving them 14 homers in two days.

Lexi Kinnaird (11-1, 1.58 ERA) tossed a two-hitter in the 7-1 victory with 12 strikeouts and no walks. The sophomore right-hander has now collected 115 strikeouts in 71 innings, with only five walks.

McBeain (8-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched a one-hitter in the 19-0 triumph, with five strikeouts and no walks.


KCC baseball team pounds Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - The Kirkwood baseball team flexed its muscles Monday and belted Ellsworth, 16-1 and 9-0, in an ICCAC conference doubleheader in Iowa Falls.

The Eagles raised their records to 16-7 overall and 2-0 in the league in their conference openers.

Korry Howell drove in four runs in the 16-1 onslaught in the opener, which lasted only five innings due to the mercy rule. Kirkwood scored seven runs in the first inning and added seven more runs in the fourth.

Colin Kreiter collected three RBIs in the first game. Ellison Hanna, Tyler Bordner and Toran Shahidi had two RBIs. Shahidi had two hits and scored three times. Cal Clark also had two hits.

Austin Miller pitched four strong innings for the victory in Game 1. He allowed three hits and one unearned run, with five strikeouts and two walks.

Kreiter went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in the 9-0 victory in the nightcap. Hanna went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Howell, Bordner, Shahidi and Clark had two hits.


No. 2 Eagles belt 8 homers in sweep

The Kirkwood Eagles did the long ball.

The second-ranked Kirkwood softball team belted eight home runs Sunday  and swept an ICCAC conference doubleheader from 17th-ranked Iowa  Central, 13-3 and 11-6, at Kirkwood.

Lexi Ferrari and Maddie Hansen shared top billing for the Eagles in their home opener and conference opener.

Ferrari went 6-for-6 with two doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and six runs scored. Hansen was 6-for-6 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBIs on a gray day with the temperature straining to reach 50 degrees.

DoniRae Mayhew socked two homers for the Eagles, including a walk-off grand slam in the sixth inning of the opener, and Chaise Light hit a solo shot in the first game.

Kirkwood raised its records to 20-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the twin-killing.

The Eagles have collected 35 home runs in 21 games, on pace once again for 100 homers this season. Mayhew leads the club with seven home runs, Ferrari has six and Hansen five.


Perfection! Kirkwood claims 7th national title

HARRISON, Ark. - It took Kim Muhl seven years to claim his seventh national title at Kirkwood after winning his sixth crown in 2010, but it was worth the wait.

The top-ranked Eagles put an exclamation point on their perfect season Saturday night with a 61-46 victory over third-ranked Johnson County in the championship game of the NJCAA Division II tournament at Pioneer Pavilion.

Kirkwood finished the season with a 37-0 record and became the first women's basketball team in school history to roll through an entire campaign without losing a single contest.

The Eagles won their 37 games by an average margin of 30.5 points with  a deep and talented club that refused to lose.

Muhl has pocketed national titles in 1997, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009,  2010 and now 2017, adding to his status as one of the most successful coaches in junior college history.


Usher helps Kirkwood reach national finals

HARRISON, Ark. - Kirkwood's quest for the national title and a perfect season is one step away.

Olivia Usher and Deleyah Harris popped in 17 points apiece Friday night as the top-ranked Eagles punished fourth-ranked Kankakee, 76-49, in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Pioneer Pavilion.

Kirkwood (36-0) will face third-ranked Johnson County (33-2) in the championship game Saturday night at 7:30.

The Eagles survived a big scare in the quarterfinals Thursday against Cincinnati State, needing a late rally to escape with a 65-63 victory, but there was little suspense Friday.

Usher, a freshman from Cedar Rapids Prairie who averages 6.3 points, scored 12 points in the first half to help Kirkwood grab a commanding 40-21 lead at intermission and the Eagles took it home from there.

It took Usher only five seconds to score her first basket after Kirkwood controlled the opening tip. She finished with three 3-pointers in the game and had three assists.

The Eagles were sitting on a slim 19-17 lead early in the second quarter when they took control with a 16-0 run for a 35-17 bulge. Niaja Taylor got the spurt started with a follow shot, then Usher tallied inside and hit a 3-pointer to make it 26-17.


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