Tricounty News

Kimball softball season continues

By Gary Riess, coach

The Cubs were able to play three of the five games scheduled for the week. Tuesday, May 10, was at HL-W-W and Friday, May 13, was a double header with Pierz. Thursday's double header with Holdingford was rained out. HL-W-W proved to be a rough opponent. The Lakers scored only in one inning, but five walks, two errors and four base hits were enough to defeat the Cubs. Kimball managed only two hits and one run, as they went down to defeat. Natalie Stein had one hit and scored the lone run on an RBI single from Alyssa Hurrle. Lexi Rose took the pitching loss for the Cubs.

The Friday double header was a seesaw affair with Pierz winning the first game 4-3 and the Cubs taking the second game 7-6. Kimball took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Megan Garding hit a home run, and Steph Konz singled and then scored on an error. Pierz tied the game in the third inning with two runs. Tiffany Berscheid walked and scored on an RBI single from Steph Konz in the bottom of the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Pierz scored a single run in the sixth to tie, and then pushed across the go-ahead run in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. The Cubs got two runners aboard in the bottom of the seventh, but a fly ball out and a ground out left the Cubs on the wrong end of the 4-3 score. Nine runners left on base, a season-long frustration, cost the Cubs. Megan Libbesmeier and Steph Konz each had two hits, but the rest of the lineup could manage only two more hits. Libbesmeier was the losing pitcher, striking out six and walking two.

Game two started out poorly, as six walks and an error gave Pierz a 5-0 lead after two innings. Libbesmeier came back in relief and pitched the last 5 and 1/3 innings, giving up only one more run. The Cubs began to inch back into the game in the third, when Libbesmeier connected for a two-run home run, scoring Shelby Seth ahead of her. A Pierz error in the fourth allowed Natalie Stein to score and Konz scored in the fifth on an RBI single from Melody Rose to make the score 5-4. The Cubs defense stepped up to keep the game close by making a number of good plays, including throwing out two runners at home to keep the score 5-4. In the sixth, the momentum swung to the Cubs. Shelby Seth walked and Tiffany Berscheid singled. Megan Libbesmeier then hit her second home run of the game and gave herself five RBI to put the Cubs up 7-5. Pierz managed their first run since the second inning in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 7-6. Neither team scored in the seventh and the Cubs prevailed 7-6. Libbesmeier had three hits and five RBI and the pitching win. Steph Konz and Melody Rose each had two hits and Shelby Seth scored twice.

This week is the final week of the regular season. Kimball has HL-W-W on Monday, a double header with EV-W on Tuesday, and needs to make up a double header with Holdingford. The Section 5A playoffs begin on Friday. The sixth-seeded Kimball team travels to three-seed ACGC in the first round.