Down but not out
Eagles look to turn their season around going into final stretch
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 13:04
The Kirkwood Community College men’s baseball team has faced some stiff competition this season while posting a 12-21 record overall. The Eagles are 2-6 record in the conference. Kirkwood still has time to turn its season around with the bulk of the conference schedule still to be played.
Despite the losing record, the Eagles’ season hasn’t been without accomplishments.
On March 21, Kirkwood freshman third baseman Dairo Gonzalez gained national attention as he was named the NJCAA Division II player of the week.
In 11 games that week, Gonzalez’s hitting percentage was over .500 as he racked up five of his eight total home runs and 21 of his 30 total RBIs for the season. Gonzalez tallied nine RBIs in the 12-17 loss to Iowa Western Community College on March 16.
Gonzalez is tied for fifth in the nation with eight home runs.
The Eagles also hold a winning record at home this season, 8-4.
Kirkwood has won four games in a row, all at home. The most recent victories were against Rochester Community Technical College in a double-header on April 10.
In the first game sophomore Alex Timmerman got the Eagles on the scoreboard, first with a single-shot home run over the centerfield fence in the third inning. Freshman Tony Bakeris hit a double to left field that brought in scores by Gonzalez and sophomore Neil Madsen. Kirkwood was ahead, 3-0, at the end of the third inning.
Timmerman scored again in the fifth inning from a sacrifice fly ball by Madsen. Kirkwood went on to win 4-0.
In the second game Kirkwood gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning to put them behind, 0-2. An error by Rochester in the second inning helped Tony Bakeris score the first run of the game for the Eagles.
Kirkwood gained the lead in the fifth inning, scoring four runs. Despite having only two hits in the inning, Rochester committed a number of errors and allowed a couple of walks that kept the Kirkwood players circling the bases.
The Kirkwood defense closed out the fifth and sixth innings with double plays and gave up one run in the seventh, winning by the final score 5-3. Four pitchers from Kirkwood saw action in the game.
Two more of those home victories came against Dakota County Technical College on April 4.
Kirkwood crushed DCTC in first game, winning by the score 11-1. Every batter in the lineup got up to the plate as the Eagles scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning.
The Eagles scored four more in the fifth inning to end the game as they went ahead by 10 runs.
Freshman pitcher Jean Carlos Rosario earned his first win of the season.
The Eagles won the second game 1-0. Kirkwood had six hits in the game. The only score in the game by either team came in the fourth inning from Tony Bakeris. Freshman Andrik Hernandez earned the win as pitcher for Kirkwood.
The Eagles play at home again on Friday against Muscatine Community College in a double header starting at
2 p.m. Kirkwood plays Saturday at
2 p.m. and Sunday at noon against Iowa Central.