DAVENPORT - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team began the 2018 season by collecting a pair of shutouts at the Winter Dome Tournament in Davenport on Saturday.
The Eagles blanked the Saint Ambrose junior varsity, 7-0, in their first outing and topped Waubonsee, 6-0, in the second game.
DoniRae Mayhew pitched five innings in the first game for Kirkwood. She allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Alli Sprague tossed the last two innings to complete the five-hit shutout.
Natalie Halvorson, a freshman from Cedar Rapids Prairie, pitched a complete game in the 6-0 verdict over Waubonsee. She allowed only four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Bridenstine had three more RBIs in the second game. Mayhew moved to shortstop against Waubonsee and had three hits. Monika Bevans and McCormick had two hits. Lauren Kuch, another freshman from Prairie, had two RBIs.
On Sunday, Kenady Waugh went 6-for-7 with six RBIs Sunday as the seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team won two more games at the Winter Dome Tournament.
Waugh went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs when the Eagles defeated Southeastern, 9-1, in their first game. She then went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in a 10-0 victory over John Wood.
Kirkwood won all four of its games at the tournament and outscored its opponents, 32-1, with three shutouts.
Natalie Halvorson pitched all five innings in the 9-1 verdict over Southeastern. She allowed five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Mayhew tossed four innings in the 10-0 verdict over John Wood. She allowed two hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Mayhew also scored three times.
Audra Bridenstine had two hits for the Eagles against John Wood.
Kirkwood 020 140 0 - 7
Saint Ambrose 000 000 0 - 0
W - Mayhew. 2B - Mayhew, Waugh.
Waubonsee 000 000 0 - 0
Kirkwood 024 000 x - 6
Kirkwood 204 21 - 9
Southeastern 100 00 - 1
W - Halvorson (2-0). 2B - Stewart, Mayhew, Mausser, Waugh.
John Wood 000 00 - 0
Kirkwood 104 14 - 10
W - Mayhew (2-0).