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Baseball brings in success

Team chemistry comes into play

By Drew Butler & Hannah Brecht
On April 17, 2015

Kirkwood Community College baseball player Toran Shahidi, catcher from Ames, bats during practice. Photo by Hannah Brecht. 

With 23 wins so far the kirkwood baseball team has pulled in a winning record of 23-14 and just shy of a six game winning streak.

Marshalltown Community College came to Kirkwood on March 31 for a double header. Freshman Bryce Grimm showed off his skills with four RBI’s, a stolen base and two catches in center field. He also raised his batting average to .311. The Eagles won the first game in just five innings with a final score of 10 – 0. They went on to win the second game as well, 16 – 7.

Zach Morrissey said part of the team’s success is due to the way the team bonds. “We’re always together. We all live in the same apartment complex so whether we are at practice, or going out to eat after practice or just playing video games, we are always together,” he said.

Kirkwood took on the Southeastern Community College Blackhawks on April 3, in a double header and won the first game 5 – 4. The team lost the second in a 12-inning game, 4 – 3. 

Nick Drahozal pitched for the first six innings in the first game and only gave up one run. He had a total of seven strikeouts and two walks.

Southeastern led the first five innings 4-0 but Kirkwood scored three runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh, taking the lead and winning the first game. The second game was supposed to last nine innings but due to a tie was pushed to 12 innings. The Eagles held off the Blackhawks in the 10th and 11th innings but the Blackhawks were able to pull in a run in the 12th inning and take the win.

The Eagles faced Southeastern again on April 4, this time at home in a doubleheader, which turned out to be a slugfest with the first game ending in a loss for the Eagles, 9 – 20.  

In the second game Southeastern took a 1-6 lead but Randy Perez was able to smash a home run and in the bottom of the fourth was able to rally in nine runs making the score 10-6. In the top of the sixth inning Southeastern was able to hang on by getting four runs. The Eagles ended in the ninth inning winning the game 14 – 11.

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