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Eagles get No. 5 seed for regional

WEST BURLINGTON - The Kirkwood baseball team traded a pair of one-run  victories with 16th-ranked Southeastern Community College Saturday and  earned the No. 5 seed for the regional tournament.

Kirkwood (31-18) will face Northeast Community College (27-17) in the  first round of the NJCAA Division II regional tournament this Thursday  at noon at Ashford Field in Clinton.

Kirkwood trimmed Southeastern, 5-4, in 11 innings in the first game  Saturday. Southeastern took the nightcap, 8-7, in walk-off fashion in  the bottom of the seventh.

Kirkwood finished the ICCAC campaign with a 15-13 record.

Caleb Fuller (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief to finish  the 5-4 victory in Game 1 and earn the victory. Levi Usher and Kal  Youngquist were 2-for-5 and scored twice to lead the offense.

The Eagles enjoyed a 6-0 lead in Game 2, but Southeastern scored seven  runs in the fourth inning to turn the game around. Zion Pettigrew and  Gabe Lux drove in two runs for Kirkwood. Usher and Kirby Kerr scored  twice.

Southeastern is 38-16 overall and 16-12 in the league.

GAME 1

Kirkwood       000 020 020 01 - 5 8 0
Southeastern   002 000 020 00 - 4 7 x

Lawler, Frese (5), Fuller (9) and Vaske. W - Fuller (3-0). 2B - Usher.  RBI - Usher, Jackson, Givens, Loston. SB - Givens.

GAME 2

Kirkwood       150 010 0 - 7 8 0
Southeastern   000 700 1 - 8 6 x

Leff, Elion (4), Mann (4), Rivera-Sanchez (6), Kerr (7) and Robles. L  - Kerr (1-1). 2B - Pettigrew, Loston, Robles, Lux. RBI - Jackson,  Pettigrew 2, Youngquist, Robles, Lux 2. SB - Usher 2.

 

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