CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Kirkwood Baseball released its 2015 spring schedule on Friday, and the Eagles will open the season February 13th in Overland, Kansas. Kirkwood will play a four-game series against Johnson County Community College. The Eagles will travel to St. Louis, Missouri and Belleville, Illinois on February 28th to play St. Louis Community College and Southwestern Illinois Community College. From March 13th-17th, Kirkwood will take their annual spring trip to Vero Beach, Florida and play 8 games in Historic Dodgertown.
The Eagles open up ICCAC play, and have their first home game, on March 21st against Des Moines Area Community College. The Eagles finished last season with an overall record of 30-19.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- The series was in the favor of the Blue Team, two games to one, in the best-of-five series. The Black Team struck first with a 2 RBI single by Brandon Brittain in the first inning. The Blue Team responded immediately with a three run bottom of the first inning with RBI's by Hayden Sloane and Luke Hassman. The Blue Team never looked back from here winning 5-3 and clinching the series three games to one. They are rewarded with bragging rights until the 2015 Fall World Series.
Emanuel Castellano recieved his second win of the series with a lights out performance. He gave up two runs on six hits in six and two thirds. Adam Marra gave up no runs while giving up no hits and recieved the save. Hayden Sloane went two for three and drove in three runs.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Game 1 went in the favor of the Blue Team (2-1) but the Black Team tied the series 1-1 after they defeated the Blue Team (6-5) on Friday. Game 3 was won by the Blue Team (6-5) after coming back twice and holding off a seventh inning rally. Jay Campbell and Nick Drahozal pitched for the Blue Team, helping them take the series lead. Luke Hassman, Tyler Butz and Randy Perez all had big days offensively, helping Blue go into Tuesday's game up 2-1. Assistant Coach Cole Gross commented on the game, "These guys just compete. I'm proud to say I have coached them and their hard work is paying off. They still have to remember we have a big game tomorrow though."
After being down 2-0, Coach Gross showed up to the park and the Blue Team scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game. The Black Team responded with a run in the third taking the lead 3-2. The Blue Team then scored two in the fourth and two in the fifth bringing the score to 6-3 in Blue's favor. The Black Team made a push in the sixth, scoring a pair of runs, going into the seventh inning down 6-5. However, the Blue Team held onto the lead with a game ending double play.