Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Kimball softball team had an up and down week, losing the first two games of the week before winning the last two games Thursday. The two losses came Monday, May 4, against Rockford and Tuesday, May 5, versus Swanville. The Cubs then won a doubleheader from Pierz Thursday, May 7.
Monday's loss was heartbreaking, as the Cubs were defeated in the bottom of the seventh inning when Rockford hit a two-run homerun, with two outs, to pull out a 10-9 win. The Cubs had scored seven times in the second inning, using hits from Kendra Albers, Megan Libbesmeier, Cassie Loch, and Kelsey Vigoren; Shantel Tschida, Erin Gilpatrick, and Abby Zoller also scored. The Cubs got two more runs in the third inning from Gilpatrick and Zoller for a 9-4 lead. Rockford switched pitchers and Kimball would only get one more hit in the last four innings. Rockford chipped away at the lead which stood at 9-6, going into the seventh inning. A hit and two errors put the game at 9-8 with two outs and one runner on when the final blow came via a home run to win the game for Rockford 10-9.
Tuesday brought Swanville to town. After the disappointment of Monday, the Cubs needed to regroup, but Swanville gave them little help. The Bulldog pitcher was on and recorded nine strikeouts to frustrate the Cubs offense. Even so the Cubs managed to secure a 2-1 lead after five innngs, with Albers and Loch putting the Cubs up by one. The sixth and seventh innings again proved to be game breaking as four hits and two Cub errors brought in five runs. The Cubs could only count a single run by Zoller in the seventh and fell by a 6-3 score.
The Cubs squared off against Pierz in a CMC doubleheader Thursday. The first game may have been the Cubs single-best game of the season, as they throttled Pierz by a 7-0 score. The Cubs held the Pioneers to three hits and didn't commit an error. Pierz had only one runner reach 3B and that girl was thrown out at the plate in an inning-ending double play. The Cubs offense forged a 2-0 lead into the fifth, when a five-run inning extended the lead to 7-0. Albers, Libbesmeier, and Loch had hits and scored. The big blast came by a three-run home run from Shantel Tschida. Tschida, Loch, and Albers had two hits each for the game. Libbesmeier pitched the shut out, giving up three hits and striking out six.
Game two started out as a replay of game one. The Cubs forged a 9-0 lead in five innings. Albers, Libbesmeier, Tschida, and Tesslynn Callander had two hits apiece, with Callander also hitting a solo home run. Natalie Stein made her first varsity pitching start and got into the fifth inning before tiring. Pierz scored four times in the inning and then twice more in the sixth. Stein and Loch countered for the Cubs and the final score ended 11-6 in favor of the Cubs. Seven Kimball players scored in the game and six had hits. Stein got the win and Libbesmeier came on in relief to record the save.
The Cubs now enter the final week of the regular season with a home game Monday against first-place Maple Lake and a double-header Tuesday at second-place Holdingford. The Section 5A West play-offs begin Thursday, and the Cubs will take on EV-W in their first playoff game at 5 p.m. at Kimball.