OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team dropped a pair of tight games to Johnson County Saturday, 4-1 and 6-5, in the Kansas City suburbs.
The losses dropped the Eagles to 0-3 for the season. Johnson County, which is ranked No. 14 in NJCAA Division I, raised its record to 14-1.
Kirkwood grabbed a 5-0 lead in the top of the third inning in the nightcap, but Johnson County responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and three more runs in the fifth inning for the 6-5 victory.
Joel Vaske went 2-for-4, belted a homer and drove in two runs for the Eagles. Fitzgerald was 2-for-5.
Kirkwood 001 000 0 - 1 3
Johnson County 300 001 x - 4 5 1
Llewellyn, Laux (6) and Moss. L - Llewellyn (0-1). 2B - Moeder, HR. Fitzgerald. SB - Lux.
Kirkwood 005 000 000 - 5 7 3
Johnson County 003 030 00x - 6 5 0
Yates, Thompson (6) and Robles, Laux, Moss. L - Yates (0-1). 3B - Fitzgerald. HR - Vaske. SAC - Shenault. SB - Paulus, Fitzgerald.