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KCC baseball splits with No. 17 Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team split a doubleheader  with Johnson County Community College Sunday.

The Eagles won the first game, 9-4, in eight innings. Johnson County  took the nightcap, 4-3.

Kirkwood (2-2) and Johnson County (8-3) split the four-game series in  Kansas. Johnson County is ranked No. 17 in NJCAA Division I. Kirkwood  is not ranked in Division II.

The first game was tied, 4-4, after seven innings. The Eagles plated  five runs in the top of the eighth for the victory.

Kaden Wadle pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings for the Eagles in the opener  and got the victory in relief.

Izaya Fullard went 2-for-5 in the first game and scored a pair of  runs. Kal Youngquist and Max McCay drove in two runs. Ellison Hanna  scored twice.


No. 3 KCC men win title in thriller

CRESTON - The third-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team claimed the  outright ICCAC conference title Saturday afternoon and they did it by  edging the 2017 national champs in a thriller.

Doug Wilson had a monster game for the Eagles with 23 points and 13 rebounds, including the go-ahead tip-in with 16 seconds left in an  82-80 verdict over 18th-ranked Southwestern in Creston.

Kirkwood raised its records to 22-4 overall and 10-0 in the conference  with its 14th win a row. There are two games left in the regular  season, but nobody can catch the Eagles now.

Kirkwood trailed, 80-79, when Wilson tipped in a shot to give the  Eagles an 81-80 advantage. The Eagles stopped Southwestern from  scoring to preserve the lead, then the Spartans fouled Kirkwood  freshman Jay Small to stop the clock and prolong the game.

Small made 1-of-2 free throws for an 82-80 lead, then Wilson stole the  ball in the final seconds to preserve the victory.

Chris King popped in 24 points for Kirkwood. LJ Stansbury contributed  14 points for the Eagles.


Kirkwood women claim outright title

CRESTON - Tayana Wilson collected 20 points and five assists Saturday  as the second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team topped  Southwestern, 73-47, to claim sole possession of the ICCAC conference  title.

The Eagles raised their records to 26-3 overall and 12-0 in the league  with their 16th straight victory. They own a three-game lead in the  ICCAC standings with two games remaining.

Wilson, a sophomore point guard, shot 8-for-9 from the field and  clicked on four 3-pointers.

Leah Robinson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for Kirkwood.  Mackenzie Jenkins had seven rebounds, six points, four steals and two  assists. Megan Axcell scored nine points. Awal Ajak had eight points  and six rebounds.

Keaundra Washington scored 10 points for Southwestern (7-19, 0-12).


KCC baseball wallops Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team erupted for nine runs  in the third inning Saturday and whipped Johnson County, 16-10, in the  second game of their four-game weekend series.

The second game of Saturday's scheduled doubleheader was postponed and  will be played as part of a twinbill on Sunday.

Izaya Fullard went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs  for Kirkwood (1-1). He also scored three times. Brandon Sanchez belted  a home run and collected three RBIs. Cal Clark socked a solo homer.

Max McCay went 3-for-5 for the Eagles. Taylor Jackson scored three  runs. Clark and Chili Moseley had two hits. Ellison Hanna had two RBIs.


Kirkwood drops opener at Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team began the season Friday afternoon with a 7-4 loss at Johnson County.

The Eagles scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull within 4-3, but Johnson County responded with three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 7-3 advantage.

Kirkwood scored in the top of the ninth for the final tally.

The Eagles committed six errors in the ballgame, including two by all-star shortstop Korry Howell.

Starting pitcher Cameron Leff allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Cameron Cowan struck out eight batters in 3 2/3 innings in relief, but was the victim of the three unearned runs in the eighth.

Taylor Jackson and Kal Youngquist had two hits for Kirkwood. Izaya Fullard, Chili Moseley and Max McCay had RBIs.


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