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8th/9th grade baseball

April 17 Someone stole the blueprint for the perfect day for baseball and copied it for Thursday evening in Rockford. The 8th/9th grade Kimball baseball team FINALLY started the season taking on the Rockford Rockets. The fireball throwing Rockford starting pitcher started the game with control problems. He walked the Cub's leadoff hitter Austin Ruehle, who quickly turned his walk into a triple by stealing two bases. With the Ruler stranded on third with two outs, Aaron Laabs became the second player in the inning to walk; Laabs quickly stole second base. With two on Brett "the Boss" Ostby delivered a clutch two out double to give the Cubs the early lead. Tritton Tschida got the opening day start for the Cubs. T-square was given the nod on opening day because he showed that he can throw strikes on a consistent basis. He lived up to the hype by throwing 8 strikes and three balls in the first inning, striking out two batters and facing only three. The Rockets #2 hitter hit a singled but was quickly gunned down by the Cub's catcher, Aaron Laabs. The Wall caught the whole game and threw out two out of the five potential Rocket base stealers. After one inning Cubs 2 - Rockets 0 The Rockets started settled down for one inning sitting down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the second. Out of character, T-square walked the first batter; and as they say, "Walks Will Haunt You". Although T-square managed to get the next three batters out; the leadoff walker came around to score on a stolen base, a wild pitch and a groundout. After two innings Cubs 2 - Rockets 1 The Cubs responded in the third inning in three runs. If not for the base running blunder created by the coach, the Cubs could have had a bigger inning. The Cubs stole four bases in the inning and took advantage of more erratic pitching by the Rockets starter. Quintin Bryce started off the inning with a single and quickly stole second base. QB scored on an Alec Young single, The Wall followed with a walk. After the base coaching blunder Tyler Loch singled home The Wall. The speedy Nessy stole second and third , and then scored on a wild pitch. T-square was asked to pitch one more inning. Again, he walked the leadoff batter, but the following batter bunted in the air to Alec "call me Brooks" Young, who quickly doubled up the runner at first. This was followed by another walk, so T-square settled down and let his fielders do the work. The next Rocket batter hit a missile to Brooks at 3rd base, and from his knees Brooks threw the runner out at first to end the inning. After 3 innings Cubs 5 - Rockets 1 T-Square started off the fourth with a walk that he stretched into a double with a stolen base. The Ruler drove him in with a triple that he stretched into a double. The Ruler quickly stole third and was driven in with a sacrifice fly by Brooks. Dillon Menson took the mound for the Cubs in the fourth and was quickly greeted by the Rockets apparent best hitter. The Rocket hitter drove Chillin' Dillon's Pitch deep to the fence for a triple that he stretched into a double; the runner quickly advanced to third on a wild pitch. The next hitter drove another ball to QB in left for a sacrifice fly. Chillin' was able to settle down and strike out two of the next three batters to end the inning. After 4 innings Cubs 7 - Rockets 2 The Boss started the inning with a single that was quickly stretched into a double with a stolen base. The next batter, Nessy, drove in the Boss with a single. The Speedy Nessy quickly stole second and third to give him four stolen bases on the day. Unfortunately, all that running did not pay off as the next 3 Cubs hitters were retired. Chillin' Dillon pitched again in the 5th giving up hits and walks early, but quickly settling down to get out of the inning with only one run allowed. After five innings Cubs 8 - Rockets 3 The Cub's took advantage of the unlimited scoring rule of the 6th inning and scored six runs on four hits. The Ruler started the inning by stretching a double into a triple by running hard the whole way. QB drove in the Ruler from third and Brooks followed with a hit of his own; then the wheels fell off the Rocket ship. The Rockets walked five batters in the inning including three bases loaded RBI producing walks by the Boss, Tyler Kuechle (TK), and T-square. The Ruler capped off the inning by hitting a two RBI one winged duck into to deep right-infield that almost cleared the pond. The Ruler took the flat mound for the sixth inning with one request from his coach; "No walks". The Ruler faced five batters and gave up two hits and one run; AND no walks to close out the game. Final score Cubs 14 - Rockets 4 Coaches notes The Cubs played excellent team baseball with controlled pitching, great team defense, and aggressive base running. Seven different players combined for 14 runs. Seven different players combined for 14 RBI. Seven different players combined for 14 Stolen bases   with zero caught stealing. Most impressively, the Cubs did not commit a single error. Next game: Monday, April 21 at Eden Valley Paul Sundin