Tricounty News

Cubs baseball gets off to good start

By Adam Beyer

The Kimball Cubs baseball season took swing over the past weekend. The Cubs hosted a three-team tournament that included Royalton, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, and themselves.

In the first game, the Cubs took on Royalton. Eighth-grader Jordan Joseph got the nod as the starting pitcher. The Royalton hitters were not able to catch up to Jordan's fastball, as he struck out eight batters in three innings of work. Offensively the Cubs were not able to record a hit in their first time through the lineup off pitcher Nick Block.

In the top of the fourth inning, senior Dillon Menson came in to pitch. He got off to a bit of a rocky start, allowing the first four batters to reach base and allowing one run to give Royalton a 1-0 lead. Menson found his groove after that, retiring 10 of the next 11 batters he faced on his way to picking up the win.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs answered by scoring a run of their own. Junior Quentin Bryce led off the inning with a triple and would score on a single by Jordan Joseph.

The Cubs added two more in the fifth, after a leadoff single by Alek Young, walks by Tim Konz and Austin Ruehle, an RBI single by Tyler Loch, and an RBI fielder's choice for Bryce. In the bottom of the sixth, they added an insurance run when Aaron Laabs plated Ty Filzen on another fielder's choice. David Joseph came in to pitch the seven and set down Royalton 1-2-3 to pick up the save, and preserve the 4-1 victory.

The second opponent of the day for the Cubs was Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity. The Cubs struck first in the top of the third inning. Laabs led off the inning with a triple down the right field line and was knocked in by the next batter Andy Linn. Linn would come around to score on a single by Jordan. They added three more runs in the top of the fifth without picking up a hit in the inning. LP/HT pitchers walked four and hit two, bringing in the runs.

In the fifth, LP/HT picked up three runs on a homerun by Nick Machemehl, bringing the score to 5-3. The Cubs answered back, adding two runs when Preston Peglow singled to left field that brought around Jordan and Filzen after the leftfielder overran the ball. LP/HT added three more in the bottom of the sixth, making it 7-6. In the seventh, the Cubs added four insurance runs. Three runs came in to score on a bases-loaded triple by Bryce and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan.

Starting pitcher Laabs went 4-2/3 innings, allowing three runs, picking up the win. The score ended up 11-6 with the Cubs, increasing their record to 2-0. Their next game is April 14 at ACGC.