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Kirkwood Softball has successful Spring Break

By Keith Norem
On March 27, 2016

The Kirkwood Community College softball team headed south for spring break to compete against other colleges with solid talent. They played against both the player of the year and the pitcher of the year from last season.

The Eagles came home with a seven-win three-loss record and they put up some gaudy offensive numbers. There were games where the team scored in the mid-twenties.

Head Coach Joe Yegge said, “We are scoring runs at a pace that I have not seen here maybe ever and that is really saying something considering we had one of the highest scoring teams last year.”

Yegge also said, “I am extremely happy with our offensive growth already this season. It will be interesting to see how much more they grow.”

The Eagles have 20 wins and just three losses following the spring break trip. Yegge stated, “We have not had a bad loss yet this year. We split two games with Labette, who was a national runner up, and beat us every time we played them a year ago. In fact, they knocked us out of the tournament. We lost to the best pitcher in the nation by a couple of runs and won our second game with them by a couple of runs.”

The other two losses came from the powerhouse Northeast Oklahoma who was a National Champion in a division above the Eagles. Northeast has the reigning national player of the year on its team and a lot of talent top to bottom.

Yegge said, “Our region is stronger than it was last year. Des Moines Area Community College and Kirkwood should be battling for the top spot, however, North Iowa Area Community College and Iowa Central Community College are expected to be much tougher than last year.”

He added, “I am looking for our defense and pitching to round into form, and if that happens and our offense stays where it’s at, we will be a tough team.”

Thus far the Eagles have been paced on offense by Taylor Nearad who is hitting a blistering .580 with 10 home runs already in the season. She is followed by Gabi Carter who is hitting a piping hot .521 with 8 home runs and Emily Meyer who is hitting .500 and leading the team in stolen bases with 20.

The Eagles are also given a great deal of offense from Morgan Frost and Maddie Hanson who both are hitting over .430 and have combined for 11 home runs.

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