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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Red Top's Kerr keeps 'working his way in'

All Kirby Kerr has ever needed on the baseball diamond is an opportunity.

And each time he gets a chance, positive results tend to follow.

After a successful freshman season at Kirkwood Community College, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder/pitcher was looking to join a team for the summer.

Former Kirkwood teammate Cal Clark, who will play next season at Houston Baptist, put him in touch with Red Top Manager Adam Sadler and he was quickly added to the Iowa Valley League team's roster

"Cal Clark gave me an in," Kerr said. "I just kept bugging him about it. He texted (Sadler) and he was more than willing to put me on the team."

Kerr has become the regular left fielder for the Toppers and also has picked up a save as a pitcher. He is appreciative of the chance to play for Red Top, both on Sundays and in the Wednesday Night League.

"On Wednesdays, it's just one game and it doesn't count toward the league record," Kerr said. "It's the same type of baseball, same guys usually. We see some different pitchers, but that's about it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:36

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Bevans named JUCO Catcher of Year

Monika Bevans of Kirkwood has been named the Diamond Sports/NFCA Catcher of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Bevans, a sophomore from Solon, finished second in NJCAA Division II with 79 RBIs, fifth with 18 home runs, seventh with 86 hits and 10th with a .948 slugging percentage.

Maddie Hansen, currently at North Dakota State, won the Catcher of the Year award for Kirkwood last year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2018 13:57
 

Mayhew named National Player of Year

Kirkwood star DoniRae Mayhew has been named the Junior College National Player of the Year by the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday.

This is the third straight year that a member of the Kirkwood softball  program has won the national award. Taylor Nearad, now playing at Iowa State, earned the award in 2016 and 2017.

Mayhew led all NJCAA Division II players this year with 30 home runs and 90 RBIs. She batted .446 with 79 hits, 18 doubles, 29 walks and a .538 on-base percentage.

Mayhew also starred for Kirkwood as a pitcher, compiling a 20-3 record and 2.08 ERA with four shutouts and 127 strikeouts in 148 innings.

Mayhew will continue her college softball career at the University of Iowa, with two years of eligibility.

The National Player of the Year award covers all players at Division I, II and III junior colleges.

   

Fullard named JUCO All-American

Kirkwood freshman Izaya Fullard has been named a first team All-American by the NJCAA Division II selection committee.

Fullard, a corner infielder from Iowa City West, hit .470 this season with seven home runs and 76 RBIs in 60 games. He finished fourth in the country in RBIs and seventh in batting average.

Fullard helped Kirkwood compile a 42-17-1 record and make the junior college World Series for the first time in 19 years.

Fullard has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes and is leaving Kirkwood after one season to play in the Big Ten.

 

5 Eagles named softball All-Americans

Five members of the Kirkwood softball team have been named junior college All-Americans.

DoniRae Mayhew, Monika Bevans, Rachel Stewart and Lauren Kuch were named first team All-Americans in NJCAA Division II. Natalie Halvorson received second-team honors.

Mayhew, a sophomore, starred for the Eagles as a first baseman and pitcher. She hit .446 and led the nation with 30 home runs and 90 RBIs as a fearsome slugger, headed next to the University of Iowa. She also compiled a 20-3 record and 2.08 ERA as a pitcher.

Bevans, a sophomore catcher, hit .494 with 18 homers and finished second in the country with 79 RBIs.

Stewart, a freshman shortstop, hit .474 with 13 homers and 62 RBIs. She led all NJCAA DII players with 100 hits and 102 runs scored.

Kuch, a freshman left fielder, hit .469 with 12 homers and 68 RBIs.  Halvorson, a freshman pitcher, went 26-9 with a 2.51 ERA. Kuch and Halvorson are both Cedar Rapids Prairie grads.

Kirkwood reached the junior college World Series again this year and finished with a 49-13 record.

   

Howell ready to sign with Brewers

Korry Howell was selected in the Major League draft on Wednesday for  the second straight year.

This time, the shortstop from Kirkwood Community College is ready to  sign a pro contract.

Howell was picked in the 12th round of the MLB draft by the Milwaukee  Brewers with the 365th pick overall.

Howell told Hawk Central and the Des Moines Register that he'll "most  likely" sign with the Brewers. If so, he'll head to the minor leagues  and not accept his scholarship with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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Eagles limping home from World Series

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles will be kicking themselves all the way home from Oklahoma, but it's too late now.

Coach Todd Rima's club played another sloppy game at the NJCAA Division II World Series on Sunday and was eliminated by Scottsdale, 9-8, in a losers bracket game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Kirkwood began the tournament as the No. 3 seed, but the Eagles lost to No. 6 Madison in the opening round Saturday and fell to No. 7 Scottsdale in the consolation bracket.

Kirkwood committed seven errors and blew a 9-1 lead in an 18-9 loss to Madison, then the Eagles walked six batters, hit four others and committed three more errors against Scottsdale.

Kirkwood's first trip to the World Series since 1999 ended in frustration with a 42-17-1 overall record.

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KCC baseball stumbles at national tourney

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles' defense let them down at the national tournament on Saturday.

Kirkwood committed seven errors and lost to Madison Area Technical  College, 18-9, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II World  Series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla.

The game was stopped after eight innings due to the college mercy rule.

Kirkwood got off to a fast start and led, 9-1, after three innings,  but the rest of the game was a disaster for the Eagles. Madison  drubbed the Eagles, 17-0, during the next five innings when Kirkwood  committed all seven of its errors.

Kirkwood (42-16-1) will face Scottsdale (29-31) in a losers bracket game on Sunday at 10 a.m. in an effort to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

The Eagles used three of their top starting pitchers on Saturday with  Peyton Long throwing four innings, Adam Ketelsen lasting only one  inning and Cameron Leff throwing two innings. That will make it harder  for the Eagles to bounce back in the losers bracket with Long,  Ketelsen and Leff having already seen action.

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KCC golfers take 5th at national tourney

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team displayed remarkable balance all week and placed fifth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Glen Lakes Golf Course in Foley, Ala.

All five Eagles finished in a cluster, separated by only four shots of each other after 72 holes.

JD Goodfellow led Kirkwood in 17th place at 5-over-par 293. Niall Powell was 23rd at 7-over 295, Max Thrune finished 25th at 8-over 296, Ryan Morrison tied for 27th at 9-over 297 and Dawson Peters also tied for 27th at 9-over 297.

The Eagles posted their best round of the tournament Thursday with a collective team score of 1-under-par 287. Powell fired a 3-under 69 Thursday to lead the way and Peters shot a 1-under 71. Goodfellow, Powell and Thrune were named third team All-Americans.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:41

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Kirkwood golfers 6th at nationals

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team enjoyed its best round at  the junior college national tournament this week and stands in sixth place heading into the final 18 holes Thursday.

JD Goodfellow fired a 2-under-par 70 and Ryan Morrison posted a 1-under 71 to help the Eagles stay in contention for a top-5 finish at the NJCAA Division II tournament at Glen Lakes Golf Club.

Kirkwood has a 54-hole score of 884, just two shots out of fifth place.

Goodfellow and Max Thrune are tied for 11th place in the individual standings at 3-over 219. They are currently three shots out of 10th  place.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood is tied for 35th at 8-over 224. Dawson Peters and Niall Powell are tied for 38th at 10-over 226.

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