Kee baseball splits each of its first three dates, finishes second at Shooky Fink Tournament

Kee baseball freshman Evan Whalen slides in for a run in the Hawks’ 13-4 victory over Nashua-Plainfield in the opening round of the Shooky Fink Tournament played in Lansing Saturday, May 31. Whalen found home plate before the tag was applied by the catcher, being called safe by the home plate umpire pictured at left in the photo. Photo by Andrea Kerndt.

The Kee baseball team opened its 2014 season with rather balanced results, splitting each of its three dates scheduled for the opening week of the season. The Hawks first traded double-digit margins at Maquoketa Valley to open the season Wednesday, May 28, falling in game one, 12-2, before bouncing back with a 13-3 triumph in the nightcap, before splitting a traditional early-season doubleheader with Decorah Friday, May 30 - a 5-1 loss and a 15-9 win - at a non-traditional venue - the home field of the La Crosse Loggers baseball team of the Northwoods League.
Kee then wrapped up its initial week of the 2014 season with a split of two games Saturday, May 31 at its own Shooky Fink Tournament, which was played in Lansing this year due to field improvements being completed at the Hawks’ traditional home field in New Albin. The Hawks won a 13-4 tournament opener against Nashua-Plainfield before falling in the championship game by an 8-0 count to Crestwood.
The Hawks were scheduled to host Clayton Ridge/Central Elkader at Lansing Monday, June 2 before playing at Starmont High School Thursday, June 5 and then at Waukon Friday, June 6. Kee will then travel to Mason City Saturday, June 7 to play both Clear Lake and Mason City Newman before starting another busy week by playing at Sumner-Fredericksburg Monday, June 9 and then hosting Dunkerton Tuesday, June 10.

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