Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

Kernels win in 11, tied for 1st in division

CEDAR RAPIDS – Hits have been hard to come by lately for Ryan Walker. Playing time has, too.

Which had to make being mobbed around first base after his walk-off single Wednesday night that much better.

“It just feels good [...]

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Travel-weary Kernels beat Burlington, 6-2

CEDAR RAPIDS – They call it a “show and go” in professional baseball.

You don’t have to report to the ballpark as early as usual, you don’t take pregame batting or fielding practice or do other early work. [...]

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Twins suspend Kernels pitcher Boyd

CEDAR RAPIDS — Relief pitcher Hudson Boyd of the Cedar Rapids Kernels has been suspended indefinitely by the parent continue »


Regina drops 2-1 toughie to Van Meter

DES MOINES – Andy Gahan has impeccable handwriting, very legibly and neatly filling out his lineup card pregame Monday night. Copies are made by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and distributed to media covering the state tournamen [...]

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Kernels drop 3-2 decision at Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio — Nothing like a 10-hour bus ride home after a loss.

That was the fate of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who dropped the finale of their three-game Midwest League continue »


Kennedy’s Daniels, Hoyer honored by MVC

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior pitcher-infielder Zach Daniels has been selected Athlete of the Year in the Mississippi Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference, it was announced Monday.

Daniels hit .471 with 32 RBIs and 22 stolen bases th [...]

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Kernels OF Kanzler promoted

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels officially lead the Midwest League in outfielders named Murphy.

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Gonsalves strong in 1st Kernels start

DAYTON, Ohio — Stephen Gonsalves threw six strong innings to make his Cedar Rapids Kernels debut a successful one in a 4-1 win Sunday afternoon over the Dayton Dragons in Midwest [...]

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Hu’s that ... and then some

DAYTON, Ohio — Chieh-Wei Hu threw six shutout innings, striking out 10, to help the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 4-0 shutout win Saturday night over the Dayton Dragons.

The right-hander from Taiwan allowed just two hits in his latest imp [...]

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Top prospects, Manny give I-Cubs huge boost

DES MOINES – Des Moines has turned into Little Chicago.

The attention the Iowa Cubs Triple-A baseball team has gotten this season from the Windy City — and elsewhere — has been enormous. And it has just ratcheted up even [...]

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Wiltgen too much for Lone Tree

DES MOINES — The Lone Tree Lions saw some good pitching this season. Just not this good.

Not this dominant.

“It’s tough being on a stage this big and not facing a pitcher as good as him all year,” said Erik [...]

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Garver hits three homers as Kernels roll past Fort Wayne

CEDAR RAPIDS – The new color will be ...

“I think I’m going to go with neon yellow,” Mitch Garver said Monday afternoon. &#x [...]

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Summers pitches Burlington past Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fear the beard.

Landon Summers isn’t sporting one anywhere close in length, fullness or outlandeshnesss to Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson. But the facial hair growth the Burlington senior does have app [...]

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Young skipper Collins returns to Cedar Rapids, beats Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS – The only way to distinguish Michael Collins from his players is the stop watch tucked in the back pocket of his uniform. He uses it to time pitchers' deliveries to the plate.

Otherwise you really couldn't tell him apar [...]

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Burdi blows it by them

CEDAR RAPIDS – Nick Burdi peaked. He admitted it.

Curiously it wasn’t after he threw a super-sized fastball in the ninth inning Saturday n [...]

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