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Softball has tough week

Last week, the KAHS softball team took on three teams that had defeated them in their first meetings, and the second time around, the results were no different. Monday, May 2, the Cubs traveled to Rockford where they took on the Rockets in 37-degree weather. The game started on a positive note as Megan Garding homered for a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived, as in the bottom of the inning, Rockford's pitcher hit a three-run homer for a 3-1 lead. The game stayed that way into the fifth inning. Rockford added two runs in the fifth, and the Cubs scored a second run in the sixth, with Brooke Merten scoring on an RBI single from Melody Rose. Rockford added two more runs in the sixth to secure a 7-2 win over the Cubs. Megan Libbesmeier and Megan Garding each had two hits for Kimball.

Tuesday's weather was much warmer but the Kimball bats remained cold. Maple Lake jumped on the Cubs for six runs in the first and three more in the second. Faced with a 9-0 deficit, Kimball didn't mount much offense, not getting a hit until the fourth inning. Tiffany Berscheid would score the only run of the game for Kimball when she was driven in by Anndi Ertel's RBI hit. Another positive note was Megan Jones getting her first hit of the season in the fifth inning. Maple Lake cruised to the win behind the three-hit pitching from Brooke Decker.

After a rainout on Thursday, May 5, the Cubs took on Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on Friday, May 6. LP/HT had beaten the Cubs 6-5 in the second game of the season. This game would be as close, but the Cubs came out on the short end of a 3-2 score. Berscheid led off with a hit and would score on Steph Konz's RBI single. That lead held until the fourth inning when LP got their first hits of the game. There were three of them and two runners scored for a 2-1 lead. The Cubs tied the game in the fifth, when Berscheid scored again on an RBI hit from Megan Libbesmeier. The bottom of the fifth proved to be decisive. With a runner on first, a misplayed bunt put the winning run across the plate. Kimball threatened in the seventh, getting a runner, McKenzie Berres, to third but there she was stranded as LP prevailed 3-2. Berscheid, Konz, and Lexie Rose each had two hits for Kimball.

With the weather cancellations the last week and a half, the regular season will be crowded. Starting May 10, the Cubs will play eight games, ending the season on May 17. Subsection playoffs begin May 19.