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KCC baseball team spins 1-hitter

CENTERVILLE - Jake McLaughlin, Trey Cowley and Kirby Kerr combined on a one-hitter Thursday as the Kirkwood Eagles blanked Indian Hills, 4-0, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader in Centerville.

Indian Hills won the second game, 10-2.

McLaughlin (1-0) pitched the first four innings for the Eagles. He did not allow any hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Cowley tossed 1 2/3 innings and allowed the only hit, with two strikeouts and a walk. Kerr, who began the game in right field, pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and was credited with a save. Kerr struck out three batters and walked two.

The eighth-ranked Eagles scored all four of their runs in the opener in the second inning. Kerr, who was 2-for-3 as a hitter, drove in two runs in the inning. Korry Howell also had an RBI.



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Frustrating day for Kirkwood baseball

The Kirkwood Eagles suffered a heap of frustration, one stinging defeat and an agonizing tie during a long day at the ballpark Tuesday.

The eighth-ranked Eagles dropped the first game of their doubleheader against NIACC, 8-3, when the Kirkwood pitchers issued 11 walks and the Kirkwood batters struck out 14 times in seven innings.

The Eagles then had to settle for a 1-1 tie with NIACC in a game that lasted 11 innings and ended in darkness at 8 p.m. The Eagles squandered numerous chances, leaving the bases loaded in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings and stranding 18 runners.

"We had chances," said Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima.

The first game took three hours. The second game lasted 3 1/2 hours and settled nothing. And when it was all over, the Eagles had dropped out of first place in the ICCAC standings and fallen a half-game behind Southeastern.

"Game 1 they were better than us," said Rima. "I didn't think we pitched it very well. We didn't play as well defensively as we had (with four errors). We gave them too many free bases, and you can't do that against good teams in our league.



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No. 2 Eagles belt 12 homers in Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - The second-ranked Kirkwood softball team hit 12 home runs Friday and swept Northeast Community College, 12-2 and 20-3, in an ICCAC doubleheader in Nebraska.

Monika Bevans and DoniRae Mayhew belted three homers for the Eagles. Rachel Stewart and Lauren Kuch had two homers, while Natalie Halvorson and Lauren Klaahsen hit one round-tripper.

Kirkwood has socked 57 home runs in 36 games this season. Mayhew has 16 homers this year.

Mayhew (15-1) and Halvorson (14-4) were the winning pitchers.



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No. 4 Eagles bounce back for split

The Kirkwood Eagles made it look easy for much of the season, winning 25 of 29 games and averaging 10 runs every time they took the field. They looked nearly invincible.

Then came a 13-2 loss, followed by a 16-0 blowout, followed by a 9-2 setback and suddenly the Eagles were struggling a little bit this week on their own diamond.

Thankfully for Kirkwood, the mini-slump has ended.

The fourth-ranked Eagles bounced back and stomped NIACC, 12-2, in five innings in the second game of their conference doubleheader Thursday in relatively balmy weather that reached the high 60's.

NIACC dumped the Eagles in the first game Thursday, 9-2, but Kirkwood righted the ship in Game 2.



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No. 8 Heartland belts No.4 Kirkwood

The Kirkwood baseball team played a conference doubleheader on Tuesday and will have another ICCAC twinbill on Thursday, so you'll have to excuse the Eagles for not being in top form on Wednesday.

The fourth-ranked Eagles were demolished by eighth-ranked Heartland, 13-2 and 16-0, in a non-conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Both games were stopped by the college mercy rule. Kirkwood got only one hit in the second game.

Kirkwood fell to 25-6 for the season. Heartland raised its mark to 26-5 with the sweep and in all likelihood will pass the Eagles in the NJCAA Division II rankings next week.


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