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Kenny to play baseball at Iowa

November 23, 2012

Will Kenny is University of Iowa-bound.

The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate and current Iowa Central pitcher recently signed a letter of intent to pitch for the Hawkeye baseball program.

Kenny, a left-hander, chose Iowa over South Dakota State. He will have two full years of eligibility upon completion of his sophomore campaign with the Tritons this spring.

''It's a dream come true for me,'' Kenny said. ''I've always been a Hawkeye fan. Being able to pitch in the Big Ten in my (home state) means a lot.''

Kenny was 5-2 with a 3.75 earned run average for Iowa Central last spring. He struck out 59 batters in 62.1 innings.

Kenny was a standout pitcher and three-year starter for the Dodgers. He compiled a career record of 17-8 as a prep, and was best known for his near no-hitter in the state quarterfinal round against defending champion Cedar Rapids Kennedy at the conclusion of his senior year.

''I want to thank Coach (Matt) Elsbecker and (Coach) Utley,'' Kenny said. ''They were as instrumental in my development (while at FDSH) as my time at Iowa Central has been, and I really appreciate everything I learned (as a Dodger).

''Coach (Justin) Meyer and Coach (Rick) Pederson have helped me take my velocity and control to the next level. I'm very confident that I can help lead our team (as a sophomore this season), and hopefully, we can get to the national tournament.''

Jack Dahm is in his 10th season as the Hawkeyes' head coach. Iowa was 23-27 overall a year ago and 10-14 in the Big Ten.

Kenny said he will ''do whatever they want me to do'' next season, which may either land him a starting role or a spot in the bullpen.

''They've indicated that it depends on how I perform and what happens with the rest of the staff,'' Kenny said. ''I'll contribute any way I can.''

Kenny will major in business at Iowa.



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