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Baseball gets head start in Florida

Kirkwood baseball goes 7-4 during spring break trip

By Joey Verstegen & David Kepler
On March 22, 2017

No. 44 Jackson Behn throws to first base during
practice on March 20. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

This year marks another successful pilgramige to Florida by the Kirkwood Community College baseball team.

This year was no different, except that Kirkwood was the only team in its division to participate in the games.

The purpose of the Florida trip is to jump start the baseball season with warm weather and to get a chance to compete against teams in higher divisions and other teams from the nation Kirkwood would otherwise have not played.

Team Captain Corbin Day said, “It’s a load you play. There are four games on the weekend and maybe two on the weekdays. So this trip makes it feel not as tiring.”

According to Assistant Coach Dan McKinney, the Florida trip is possible because of several fundraising campaigns the team undertakes during the year.

McKinney said, “We do a hit-a-thon where we send letters to parents and other possible donors to help bring some money in. Also, we have worked Iowa football and basketball games to raise more money.”

The team also sold Kirkwood baseball merchandise to help raise funds for the trip. 

Day said a typical day in Florida is all about baseball. “It’s mostly all baseball. We play two games a day for all of the days except one, when we get the day off to rest and go to the beach,” said Day. 

This year marked another success for Eagles baseball as they returned from Florida with a record of 7-4. 

Kirkwood player General McArthur made waves as well by going 3-for-5 with two home runs on the last game of the trip. 

Hunter Lee pitched a complete game in a 3-2 win. Lee had 11 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Lorenzo Elion, University of Iowa commit, was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Colin Kreiter and Ross Kramer had two hits in a loss. 

This leaves the team with a 12-7 overall record to kick start their season back in the Midwest.

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