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General McArthur enlists with Kirkwood baseball

The Kirkwood baseball team could have a new commander on the field next season.

His named is General McArthur, a shortstop from Crete-Monee High School in Illinois who has joined the Eagles as a freshman for the 2016 campaign. General McArthur is his legal given name and not a nickname based on the famous World War II commander.

His family obviously admires the original Gen. McArthur, but Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima simply hopes this General McArthur can help the Eagles win some battles in junior college baseball games. Rima also signed Hunter Fiorito, a shortstop from Lake Park, Ill., and will let the two new shortstops battle it out for the starting job.

"I think it's going to be a fun battle to see those two compete to see who's going to play shortstop, but I feel good about both of them," said Rima.

Kirkwood needs a new shortstop after losing Sulliam Reyes to graduation.

Rima has signed 17 new players for the 2016 season, including 12 Iowans who arrive with strong credentials.

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Former KCC player picked by Pirates

Former Kirkwood baseball player Shane Kemp, a right-handed pitcher from Waterloo, was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 26th round of the Major League draft Tuesday.

Kemp compiled a 3-2 record and 4.18 ERA at George Washington University this season. He had a 1-0 mark and 5.68 ERA at Kirkwood in 2014. He also hit .288 for the Eagles in 2014.

Kemp, from Waterloo Columbus High School, was the 787th pick overall in the draft.

 

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Kirkwood ousted at regional tourney

WATERLOO - The Kirkwood Eagles saw their promising season come to an abrupt halt Friday with a 6-5 loss to Ellsworth in the regional tournament at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo.

Kirkwood was seeded No. 4 in the eight-team tournament and Ellsworth was seeded eighth and last, but the Eagles saw their season end with a 32-22 record while Ellsworth advanced with an 18-39 record.

The game ended in the bottom of the ninth inning when Randy Perez, trying to score from second base on an infield error, was thrown out at the plate. Ozzie Adams scored from third base on the play to make it 6-5, but Perez was gunned down.

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Kirkwood falls to DMACC in regional

WATERLOO - Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima still thinks his club can make a deep run in the regional baseball tournament in Waterloo this weekend, but the job got a lot tougher Thursday.

The Eagles lost to DMACC, 7-4, in 11 innings in the opening round and fell into a loser's bracket game Friday morning in the double-elimination tournament at Riverfront Stadium. Kirkwood will meet Ellsworth, a 12-7 loser to top seed Iowa Central at 10 a.m.

Kirkwood (32-21) jumped to an early 3-0 lead on home runs by Jack Fitzgerald and Randy Perez, but DMACC battled back against Kirkwood starter Nick Drahozal and prevailed in extra frames.

"That's a heartbreaker a little bit," said Rima. "You felt like you had chances to win. You can't change it now. We have to move forward and bounce back."

The Bears took a 4-3 lead with a pair of home runs of their own against Drahozal, the Xavier grad who lasted 6 1/3 innings and threw 95 pitches.

Kirkwood tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Toran Shahidi following a leadoff double by Luke Hassman.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:47

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Kirkwood falls to Cornell JV team

The Kirkwood baseball team was trimmed by the Cornell junior varsity, 9-8, Monday in a game called after eight innings due to darkness at Kirkwood.

Adam Barbarich, Sulliam Rios Reyes and Noah Dostal had two hits for Kirkwood. Zach Patterson drove in two runs.

Kirkwood fell to 32-20.

Cornell     302 301 00 - 9 11 1
Kirkwood    051 001 01 - 8 11 4

   
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