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Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 2:07 a.m. CDT

Spartans swept

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kirkwood kept a stronghold on first place in the ICCAC softball standings with an 11-2, 9-1 sweep of Southwestern Wednesday. Both games were five innings.

The nationally-ranked Eagles improved to 15-1 in league play and 36-5 overall, while the Spartans fell to 5-9 and 11-14.

Ashley Gibbs and Peyton Russell hit home runs for Southwestern in the opener. Emma Ferrin stroked a double in the nightcap.

Southwestern is scheduled to play Central Nebraska Community College today at home, but the coaching staff said Saturday’s conference game at Iowa Central was changed to today because of rain forecast on Saturday. So, the Central doubleheader is cancelled.

Free camps

The Creston High School baseball and softball teams will host free camps on April 19.

In both cases, the camp for grades 2-4 will be held 9 to 10:30 a.m. and the session for grades 5-7 will be 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the high school fields. Participants are asked to listen to KSIB radio that morning for weather-related announcements in case of rain.

The plan for softball camp during inclement weather is the Creston Middle School gymnasium.

Skills to be covered include throwing, fielding, hitting and baserunning. Participants are asked to bring gloves and bats if they have them.

For more information contact softball coach Mike McCabe at 641-202-6007 or baseball coach Steve Birchard at 641-202-3450.

Wildfire openers

Following are the results from the Wildfire Soccer Club from matches held Saturday and Sunday.

U10 — Wildfire def. Van Meter, 11-1.

U12A — Earlham def. Wildfire, 5-2. Goals by Haylee Shields and Derek Bloodgood.

U12C — Wildfire def. Southwest Soccer, 3-1. Goals by Brance Baker (2) and Cael Kralik.

U14 — Dallas Center-Grimes def. Wildfire, 3-2. Goals by Dalten Bierle and Kelby Luther.

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