Kee baseball team completes two more Upper Iowa Conference season sweeps, splits at Alburnett in playing to week’s 5-1 result

Strikes out 10 in his return ... Kee baseball junior pitcher Buddy Hill fires a pitch toward home plate in the Hawks’ home doubleheader sweep of North Fayette Valley Monday, June 28. In his first game back in more than a week since suffering an injury, Hill allowed just three hits and five walks while striking out 10 batters in the first-game win, also stroking two singles and scoring three runs and driving in four in the twinbill. Photo courtesy of Maggy Weymiller. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee baseball team got back on a more winning track this past week, playing to a 5-1 result in six games played. Those five wins began with completion of another pair of season sweeps over two Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) foes, including a Monday, June 28 home doubleheader sweep of North Fayette Valley by scores of 8-2 and 10-2 and a 6-0 win over Turkey Valley at home Thursday, July 1. The Hawks then split a non-conference road doubleheader at Alburnett Friday, July 2, winning game one by a 3-1 result before falling by a 5-1 count in the nightcap, with the Kee boys then wrapping up their week with a 6-0 win at Waukon Saturday, July 3.

Now holding a 26-9 overall record that includes a 14-2 mark in UIC play, the Hawks were next scheduled to begin wrapping up their regular season with a UIC doubleheader at Postville Monday, July 5 in a date that will determine the Hawks’ UIC championship fate. Entering that final UIC date on its schedule, a Kee sweep would tie the Hawks with South Winneshiek’s 16-2 UIC record for the season, although the Hawks do hold a 2-1 advantage in wins over the Warriors in their three-game UIC series this season, a June 7 home doubleheader sweep by scores of 7-0 and 5-3.

Following that final UIC date at Postville, Kee will then play a non-conference doubleheader against Easton Valley in a date to be played at Upper Iowa University in Fayette Wednesday, July 7. The Kee boys will then begin postseason tournament play at home this Saturday, July 10 at 7 p.m. against a Riceville team coached by Kee alum Bryce Conway, with further details of the Hawks’ postseason possibilities printed elsewhere in the July 7, 2021 print edition and e-edition Sports pages.

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