After starting his coaching career as an assistant coach at Metropolitan Community College 25 years ago, Marty Kilgore has reached yet another milestone with the Monarchs: his 500th win. With Kilgore in the dugout, the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs coasted to an easy 12-2 home win over conference rival St. Charles Community College April 11.
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The Monarchs dropped three of four games this weekend to regional rival Jefferson
College. Maple Woods lost game 1 4-2. It was a pitchers duel, with sophomore Derek Pike throwing his fourth complete game of the season. Maple Woods could not scratch across
enough runs to win.
Game 2 for the Monarchs was much different. Maple Woods got behind early, but rallied back for several innings. The Monarchs ended up losing the game by a score of 12-8.
The Monarchs won game 3 of the series by a score of 13-4. Sophomore Brendan Feldmann threw a complete game, going seven innings, walking one batter, and striking out
10 Vikings hitters.
Maple Woods could not get anything going game 4, as they were held to three hits and shutout. Freshmen Connor Simpson and Will Jibas had great weekends at the plate with Jibas going 6-of-10 and Simpson 8-of-14 on the weekend.
The Monarchs got out to an early lead in game 1 of tuesday's double-header, but could not hold off the Norseman's offense and lost the game 10-4. Freshman Andrew Curry and sophomore Will Mahnken each had a home run.
Game 2 for the Monarchs got off to another good start, leading the Norsemen 2-0 through three innings. The Norseman answered, however, scoring two runs on a double in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman pitcher Jake Smith threw well, going four innings, allowing six hits, and striking out two batters.
The Maple Woods offense answered again, getting a home run from sophomore Ramsey Scott to take the lead, but allowed the Norsemen to tie the game. Scott hit another home run in his next at-bat to give him two straight home runs in two plate appearances, but the Norseman answered and eventually won the game in extra innings on a walk to win the game 7-6.
The Monarchs played four solid games to sweep Region XVI rival St. Charles Community College to move to 9-9 in conference play. Maple Woods took the first two games of the series on Thursday with scores 4-3 and 9-4. In game one, the Monarchs got a great pitching effort from sophomore Jaren Kutzke, who went six innings, allowed seven hits, one run, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Freshman Connor Simpson went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, two singles, and an RBI.
Game two for the Monarchs got off to a great start. After loading the bases, sophomore Will Mahnken hit a grand slam to take an early 4-0 lead. Sophomore Brendan Feldmann was on the mound for seven innings, allowing three runs, and striking out six to pick up the win. The Monarchs collected nine hits and scored nine runs to win the game.
The Monarchs won the third game of the series on Saturday, 12-2. Maple Woods tallied 11 hits. Sophomore Derek Pike got the win and threw a complete game to move to 4-2 on the season. First baseman Ramsey Scott went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and a home run.
Game 4 for the Monarchs was another great game. Maple Woods compiled 10 hits and scored 13 runs to spread the Cougars in five innings. Sophomore pitcher Steven D'Amico had the complete game shutout, striking out six St. Charles batters. Sophomore Connor Arcobasso went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, a double and triple. Freshman Connor Simpson went 2-for-3 with a home run.
The Monarchs move to 9-9 in regional play and have won 4 straight.
The Monarchs couldn't take advantage of multiple base runners, losing to cross-city rival Kansas City Kansas Community College 12-3.
The Monarchs got behind in the 5th inning on Tuesday and could not get anything going at the plate offensively to get themselves back in the game. The Monarchs struggled on the mound as well, allowing 12 hits.
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