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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tatge, Logemann star as No.6 Eagles sweep

Kayla Tatge and Haylee Krack insist they do not have any side bets on who hits the most home runs for the Kirkwood Eagles this season.

No steak dinners, no free pizza, no ice cream sundaes.

"No, not at all," Tatge said Wednesday. "We're just doing our thing out here and helping the team as best we can."

Tatge socked four home runs Wednesday and Krack hit another as the sixth-ranked Eagles swept an ICCAC doubleheader from Ellsworth, 11-0 and 9-0, at the Kirkwood softball field.

Both games lasted only five innings.

Amber Logemann pitched a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the opener. Sam Belz followed with a two-hitter in the nightcap as Kirkwood (14-3, 2-0) cruised in both contests.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 March 2013 23:05



Wagemester steps aside as Kirkwood coach

Doug Wagemester, one of the most intense and most successful junior college men's basketball coaches in the country, has decided to step aside as the head coach at Kirkwood Community College for the 2013-14 campaign.

Wagemester, 45, wants to concentrate on his job as Kirkwood's athletic director and also spend more time with his wife and three children.

Bryan Petersen, 25, a former Kirkwood player and one of Wagemester's assistant coaches this past season, has been named interim head coach for the 2013-14 season.

Wagemester plans to re-evaluate his situation a year from now and might return as Kirkwood's head coach for the 2014-15 campaign.



3 KCC softball players pick next school

Three sophomores on the sixth-ranked Kirkwood Community College softball team will continue their careers at four-year schools next season.

Shelby Crist, a center fielder from Cedar Rapids Prairie, has committed to play at Upper Iowa, an NCAA Division II school. Crist is hitting .395 for the Eagles this season.

Kayla Tatge, a right fielder from Milan, Ill., has committed to Saint Ambrose, an NAIA school in Davenport. Tatge is hitting .341 with six homers and 15 RBIs.

Kristen Winter, a second baseman from Xavier, has committed to Luther, an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Iowa Conference. Winter is hitting .467 with three homers and 21 RBIs.



Last Updated on Sunday, 24 March 2013 18:45

Eagles soar with Krack of the bat

Yogi Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees more than a half-century ago, once declared that you can't think and hit at the same time.

Kirkwood slugger Haylee Krack heartily agrees.

Krack walloped five homers in two games last Saturday at a tournament in Missouri. She belted two homers and drove in four runs against Carl Albert, then collected three homers and 10 RBIs against Oklahoma A&M.

She wasn't looking for a particular pitch or trying to work the count in her favor. Like Yogi, she tried to keep it as simple as possible.

"I felt clear-headed," she said Friday. "I don't think much. It's all reactions from muscle memory.

"It was just a great day. I felt good and I was having fun."

See ball. Hit ball.

"Yeah, pretty much," she claimed.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 March 2013 17:38



NCAA baseball champ finds new home at Kirkwood

Most of the baseball players at Kirkwood Community College can only dream about playing in the College World Series in Omaha and winning an NCAA title.

Greg Brodzinski has already done it.

Brodzinski was a freshman catcher at South Carolina in 2011 when the Gamecocks won the NCAA Division I title with a 5-2 victory over Florida before 26,721 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.

Brodzinski was in the bullpen when South Carolina got the final out. He raced onto the field and joined the dogpile.

"I'll never forget that," he said Friday. "It's like in the movies."

Brodzinski anticipated becoming one of Carolina's top catchers in 2012, but a fifth-year senior was granted a special sixth year of eligibility for 2012 and Brodzinski decided to transfer to Coastal Carolina rather than being a reserve with the Gamecocks again.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 18:01



Kirkwood baseball, softball games postponed

All  Kirkwood baseball and softball games this weekend have been postponed due to unseasonably cold weather and field conditions.

The baseball team had been scheduled for a doubleheader at home in Cedar Rapids on Saturday against Southeastern Community College and another doubleheader at SCC on Sunday.

The softball team had been scheduled to host doubleheaders against Iowa Lakes on Saturday and North Iowa Area Community College on Sunday.


Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 17:16

No.6 KCC softball team sweeps Ottawa

OTTAWA, Kan. - The sixth-ranked Kirkwood softball team finished its spring trip Wednesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Ottawa (Kan.) University.

Kristen Winter went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs as the Eagles won the first game, 15-1, in five innings.

Kayla Tatge went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs as Kirkwood took the second game, 9-0, in six innings.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:05



Winter nets 8 RBIs as Eagles sweep

FAYETTE, Mo. - Kristen Winter collected eight RBIs Tuesday as the sixth-ranked Kirkwood softball team swept a doubleheader from the Central Methodist junior varsity.

Winter had a double, home run and five RBIs as the Eagles won the opener, 15-0, in five innings. She collected three more RBIs as Kirkwood took the nightcap, 10-2, in five innings.

Kirkwood raised its record to 10-3 with the sweep.



Eagles end spring trip with 4-3 victory

VERO BEACH, Fla. - The Kirkwood baseball team ended its successful trip to Florida Tuesday with a 4-3 victory over Westchester (N.Y.) Community College.

The Eagles compiled a 6-2 record in Florida and raised their overall mark to 10-2.

Dairo Gonzalez snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning against Westchester with an RBI grounder that scored Eric Schenck-Joblinske from third base with one out.



Krack hits two more homers for Kirkwood

FAYETTE, Mo. - Haylee Krack belted two home runs and drove in five runs Monday as the Kirkwood softball team defeated the Central Methodist junior varsity, 15-7, in Fayette, Mo.

The Central Methodist JV squad won the first game, 4-3.

Krack hit five homers for Kirkwood on Saturday in two games.

Kristen Winter had three hits and drove in two runs for Kirkwood in the 15-7 victory. Leah Duffe scored three runs in the ballgame.

The Eagles raised their record to 8-3 with the split.


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