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Lee shines as Eagles upset No. 7 SCC

CLINTON - Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima calls Hunter Lee a "bulldog" because he'll fight for every scrap of food and pitch until his paws fall off.

He proved it Saturday in the biggest, boldest game for Kirkwood this season (so far).

Lee threw 131 pitches in eight glorious innings as the 16th-ranked Eagles upset seventh-ranked Southeastern, 5-4, in the winners bracket finals of the regional tournament at Ashford University Field.

The victory, which was Rima's 200th as Kirkwood's head coach, lifted the Eagles into the championship round on Sunday or Monday, needing one more victory to claim the regional crown.

Lee went blow-for-blow with Southeastern ace Chas Sagedahl, who threw a dandy game himself, but Lee made the biggest pitches when it counted as the Eagles dumped the No. 1 seeds into the losers bracket.

Spencer Wiskus delivered a huge three-run homer against Sagedahl in the top of the first inning for a 3-0 lead before the big lefty settled into the game. The Blackhawks came close several times, but never fully caught the Eagles.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2018 05:14

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Kirkwood - Baseball

No. 16 Eagles stun NIACC at regional

CLINTON - It's extremely hard to beat a good team in a postseason baseball tournament when you commit six errors, but the Kirkwood Eagles found a way Friday.

The 16th-ranked Eagles exploded for 10 runs in the top of the eighth inning and stunned NIACC, 13-5, in the second round of the regional tournament at Ashford University Field in Clinton.

Kirkwood (38-14-1) is scheduled to face seventh-ranked Southeastern (46-11) in the winners bracket final Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Eagles committed three of their errors in the bottom of the seventh inning to help NIACC grab a 5-3 lead, but instead of sulking they battled back and promptly took control of the game.

NIACC got sloppy on defense in the top of the eighth with two errors and a passed ball to help Kirkwood take a 6-5 lead, giving the Eagles a golden opportunity. They cashed in.

Korry Howell hit a two-run single to make it 8-5, and shortly later Izaya Fullard socked a two-run homer to make it 11-5. Spencer Wiskus drove in Ross Kramer with an RBI single to make it 12-5, then Kal Youngquist drew a bases-loaded walk for the 10th run of the inning to make it 13-5.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 May 2018 18:50

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Kirkwood - Baseball

No. 16 Eagles win opener at regional

CLINTON - Peyton Long pitched seven strong innings Thursday to help the 16th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat DMACC, 9-1, in the opening round of the regional baseball tournament at Ashford University Field.

The Eagles (37-14-1) will play in the winner's bracket semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. The game was moved up from the original 3 p.m. start in anticipation of rainy weather in Friday's forecast.

Long (3-2) allowed only one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out four batters and walked three.

Cameron Cowan pitched the eighth and final inning for Kirkwood. The game ended after eight frames due to the tournament's mercy rule with the Eagles leading by eight runs.

Korry Howell, Taylor Jackson, Ross Kramer, Chili Moseley and Joel Thompson had two hits for Kirkwood. Jackson and Izaya Fullard had two RBIs. Thompson socked a solo home run and had a double.

Kirkwood scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the second.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:08

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Kirkwood - Baseball

KCC baseball gets No. 3 seed for regional

The Kirkwood Eagles made a spirited run for the ICCAC conference baseball title this season, but a pair of one-run losses to Southeastern this weekend ruined their chances.

The first one-run setback occurred in the second game of their doubleheader in West Burlington on Friday. The other one-run defeat happened in the first game of their twinbill at Kirkwood on Saturday.

Flip those two outcomes, and the 11th-ranked Eagles would have been the 2018 conference champs.

"It was a tight series," said Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima. "We were one hit away, one play away.

"But against a really good team, we gave them some free outs and free chances and they took advantage of it."

Kirkwood needed to win 3-of-4 games from Southeastern to claim the league title. Instead, the Blackhawks won 3-of-4 to earn the conference championship for themselves.

Southeastern swept Kirkwood on Friday, 9-1 and 3-2. The fourth-ranked Blackhawks won the first game of their doubleheader Saturday, 10-9, but the Eagles bounced back with a 13-2 victory in five innings in the second contest.

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Kirkwood - Baseball

SCC sweeps Eagles out of ICCAC race

WEST BURLINGTON - The Kirkwood Eagles needed to win their weekend  series against Southeastern to win the conference baseball title, but  their hopes were dashed Friday in West Burlington.

The fourth-ranked Southeastern Blackhawks swept the 11th-ranked  Eagles, 9-1 and 3-2, to clinch the conference title.

Kirkwood hosts Southeastern in another doubleheader Saturday at 1  p.m., but the Eagles have been eliminated from title contention and  have fallen into third place.

Southeastern tops the ICCAC standings at 22-4. NIACC has jumped into second place at 19-6-1, with Kirkwood now third at 17-6-1.

Kirkwood got only five hits in the 9-1 loss in the opener and had only  four hits in the 3-2 loss in the nightcap. Kal Youngquist hit a home  run for the Eagles in Game 2.

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