Kee baseball team splits only two contests played this past week, wins home UIC match-up over Turkey Valley but falls in non-conference play at Wapsie Valley

Three-for-five with two doubles and team-high three runs ... Kee baseball senior catcher Dylan Walleser slides into homeplate ahead of the tag for a run in the Hawks’ 14-4 home win in six innings Monday, July 1. Walleser drilled two doubles and a single in five at-bats to score a team-high three runs and drive in another. Photo by Macie Hill. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee baseball team was limited to just a pair of games this past week, splitting those two contests that turned out to be half of what was originally scheduled. The Hawks first defeated Turkey Valley at home, 14-4 in six innings, Monday, July 1 in the first half of a home doubleheader that had the second game postponed until Monday, July 8 at Turkey Valley due to weather. The Kee boys then fell at Wapsie Valley, 7-4, Friday, July 5 in what turned out to be just a single game for the Hawks from an originally scheduled triangular event that was supposed to include Dunkerton and be played at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

Despite having that one game with Turkey Valley left to play in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) action, the Hawks know that they will finish as the UIC runner-up for the third consecutive season and for the second time behind repeat champion South Winneshiek. The Warriors finished with an 11-1 Upper Iowa Conference record and own the Hawks’ only two UIC losses at this point in the season, both of those being by just a single run each.

Now holding a 20-8 season record that includes a 9-2 mark in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play, the Hawks were next scheduled to wrap up their regular season schedule with consecutive road dates, Monday, July 8 at Turkey Valley against the host Trojans and West Fork before a Tuesday, July 9 date at Riceville. That July 8 date is to include Kee’s final regular season UIC game with the Trojans that had been rained out July 1. The Hawks will then open postseason tournament play at home against that same Turkey Valley squad this Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m., with further details about Kee’s postseason tournament trail being published in a shaded box elsewhere on the same Sports pages in the July 10 print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

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