OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team began the season with a series split versus No. 17 Johnson County this past weekend.
Kirkwood began the season Friday afternoon with a 7-4 loss. The Eagles scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull within 4-3, but Johnson County responded with three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 7-3 advantage.
Kirkwood scored in the top of the ninth for the final tally.
The Eagles committed six errors in the ballgame, including two by all-star shortstop Korry Howell.
Bouncing back on Saturday, the Eagles erupted for nine runs in the third inning and whipped Johnson County, 16-10, in the second game of their four-game weekend series.
Izaya Fullard went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs for Kirkwood (1-1). He also scored three times. Brandon Sanchez belted a home run and collected three RBIs. Cal Clark socked a solo homer.
Will Rodruck picked up the victory in relief for Kirkwood.
For Sunday's twin bill, Kirkwood split a doubleheader with Johnson County.
The Eagles won the first game, 9-4, in eight innings. Johnson County took the nightcap, 4-3.
Kirkwood (2-2) and Johnson County (8-3) split the four-game series in Kansas.
The first game was tied, 4-4, after seven innings. The Eagles plated five runs in the top of the eighth for the victory.
Kaden Wadle pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings for the Eagles in the opener and got the victory in relief.
Youngquist went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs for Kirkwood in the second game. Cal Stalzer surrendered only two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings but took the loss.
Fullard, a freshman from Iowa City West, went 7-for-15 in the four game series with a home run, six RBIs and .467 batting average.
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