Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
At Rockford April 17 The Cubs got off to a hot start and showed their offensive firepower in the 1st inning, scoring three runs. Tanner Mills started the game with a line drive which combined with his hustle and speed lead to a lead-off triple. Andy Linn was the next batter at the plate and had an RBI single, scoring Mills. Brandon Lichte then lined a single up the middle which scored Andy Linn from second base after his steal the pitch before. Lichte scored the third run of the inning on Cole Denn's hit and a Rockford error. This 3-0 lead gave Mills a comfortable start on the mound and the Kimball Cubs never looked back. Mills came out throwing strikes right from the get-go. He was ahead in the count on a lot of batters throughout the game. And when he wasn't striking batters out, he was letting the defense do its job, and they answered the call. Preston Peglow had an awesome game at shortstop, throwing people out at first base and making a really nice grab which robbed a Rockford batter of a hit. He wasn't the only one making the outs though. Andy Linn at third base and Dustin Opatz at second base were busy making throws to Brandon Lichte at first base. They did a nice job of getting in front of the ball, staying down, and making a good throw to Lichte. And, if the throw wasn't right on the target, Lichte was right there making a nice play with his glove. The outfield of Austyn Schlueter, Cole Denn, and Luke Serbus played equally as well as the infield. This trio did a great job of getting under the ball and making the catch for an out. When they couldn't get to a ball quick enough to catch it, they did an excellent job of hustling after it and throwing it in, minimizing advancement of Rockford baserunners. The solid hitting continued all night for the Cubs. Dustin Opatz lead off the 2nd inning at the plate and had a nice hit for a single. Then it was Luke Serbus's turn, he pulled through. Luke put a nice swing on the ball and hit one toward the shortstop who made a great play to get Opatz out at second base. Tanner Mills then had an RBI single, scoring Serbus who stole a base to get into scoring position. The Cubs lead after two innings was 4-0. Mills took the mound again and kept putting the ball right on Alex Thurber's target. Mills ended up pitching four superb innings giving up only four hits and only one run. His excellent pitching combined with an excellent defensive effort was too much for the Rockets. After three innings of play, it was time to move some people around to see what else they could do. Jonny Massman did an excellent job coming in for Dustin Opatz at second base. He quickly flashed his leather making some nice plays in the field. Alex Thurber would relieve Mills after Mills's strong outing. Thurber picked up right where Mills left off. Thurber faced eight batters in his two quick innings. Of the eight he faced,two of them walked and the other six struck out. It was a solid performance for Thurber and capped the game off for the Cubs. The Cubs ended up scoring eight runs in the game, thanks to Preston Peglow's homerun and some nice hits from Jonny Massman, Tanner Mills, and Alex Thurber toward the end of the game. It didn't matter where players were in the lineup, everyone was swinging the bat well.
I was really pleased with their patience at the plate. We weren't chasing anything out of the zone, we were swinging aggressively at strikes, and making good contact, and hustling to get on base. It was a total team effort and the Kimball Cubs were victorious with a 8-1 win. Key stats Hitting: Tanner Mills 3, Preston Peglow 2, Andy Linn 1, Brandon Lichte 1, Alex Thurber 1, Cole Denn 1, Jonny Massman 1, Dustin Opatz 1, Luke Serbus 1. Runs: Mills 2, Linn 1, Lichte 1, Peglow 1, Thurber 1, Denn 1, Serbus 1. RBI: Peglow 2, Massman 2, Denn 1, Linn 1, Mills 1, Lichte 1. Home runs: Peglow 1. Pitching Mills: 4 IP, 1 run, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk.
Thurber: 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks. Special Thanks to Dominic for keeping stats. Steve Harloff, coach