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Eagles climb the ranks with more wins

By Marcus Schupp
On May 5, 2014

  • Chaney Jenkins holds off from swinging for a ball. Marcus Schupp


The Kirkwood Community College Eagles softball team played their last two regular season home games on April 19 in a doubleheader against conference foe North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). The Eagles won both games but in completely different ways. 

The afternoon began with a pitching duel between NIACC's Kimberly Wedeking and Kirkwood's Shyanne Saladino. It was a scoreless game in the bottom of the second inning and there where two outs when the unexpected happened. 

Wedeking was hit in the leg by a line-drive off the bat of Broke Prior. Wedeking was on the ground for several minutes being evaluated before she was helped off the field. She did not return to the game. 

Because of the injury, NIACC brought in Madalyn Klobassa to pitch and she got the Trojans out of the inning by coaxing a ground out by Krysta Tutsch

The game remained scoreless until the Eagle half of the third when Lexi Quandt hit a single to score Alicia Crivaro. After an error by NIACC catcher Briley Emerson, Quandt moved in to scoring position at second base. Jenna Schulte drove her in with a single, making it 2-0. 

The scoring ended in the fifth inning with Schulte hitting a sacrifice fly that plated Chasney Jenkins, bringing the game to 3-0.

This all happened while Saladino threw seven scoreless innings, striking out nine and scattering three hits, giving her the win.

The second game of the doubleheader started with the Trojans scoring two runs in the first inning. An error by Tutsch on a dropped third strike allowed the first run to score and the second run of the inning came by way of a double by Harley Lindell

The Eagles responded with two runs of their own in the second inning after Tutsch singled, bringing in Prior. The second run came on a single by Jenkins that plated Tutsch tying the game 2-2. 

In the third inning the Eagles scored three more to make it 5-2. But the Trojans came with two in the top of the fourth, which prompted KCC Head Coach Joe Yegge to bring in Saladino to replace starter Sam Belz in the circle. Saladino finished the inning by striking out Nicole Young on three pitches. 

In the top of the fourth inning the Eagle offense erupted for five runs which were highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Tara Walls that made it 10-4. 

Natalie Clark ended the game with a two RBI single that plated Schulte and Erin Weno. These runs made the game 12-4 and induced the fifth inning run-differential rule, which ended the game. 

Belz got the win, improving her record to 22-4 on the season, while Saladino recorded her second save of the season. The two pitchers combined for six strikeouts and allowed two earned runs on six hits. 

The two wins moved the team's record to 46-5 on the season and 19-1 in the conference. The Eagles also stand as the No. 4 ranked team as of the latest national poll.

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