Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Adam Beyer, Coach
The Kimball Cubs baseball team began their playoffs last Thursday. They began by playing ACGC in the play-in game. The Cubs played host, being the higher seed in the8 vs 9 game.
ACGC got on the board first, scoring one in the top of the first inning. Starting pitcher Aaron Laabs worked out of a bases-loading jam, bringing the Cubs up to bat. They answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. David Joseph had a two-RBI single, scoring Austin Ruehleand Jordan Joseph. That would prove to be enough runs for Laabs, as he pitched all seven innings, holding ACGC to one run, while allowing only seven hits and striking out ten.
The Cubs added four insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ty Filzen plated two, with a single and the next batter Quentin Bryce added two RBIs of his own with a single. Bryce finished the day as Kimball's top hitter going 3-3, all singles.
The win advanced Kimball to play the number one seed in the sub-section, Eden Valley-Watkins. EV-W is also currently the number one-ranked team in the state in class A.
In their second game of the playoffs, the Cubs traveled over to Watkins to play Friday night, May 28. The cubs came out ready to play, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. Jordan Joseph got things going with a one-out double. The next batter, older brother David Joseph, hit a single that scored Jordan from second.
Starting pitcher Danny Jenson held the Eagles scoreless for the first two innings, but in the third, their bats started to wake up. They batted through their lineup and scored four. The Cubs answered back in the top of the fourth with another run, when Alek Young, who got on base with a walk, scored on a two-out error of the bat of Preston Peglow.
The Eagles scored a run of their own with a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth. The Cubs kept the pressure on by adding another run in the top of the fifth. Austin Ruehle reached base after being hit by a pitch, and eventually scored on a dropped third strike, where David Joseph hustled down the line to beat the catcher's throw.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles scored two more on their second homerun of the day. That would be all for starter Jenson, who did a nice job keeping the Cubs in contention. EV-W added one more run that inning of reliever David Joseph, making the score 8-3 through five.
In the top of the sixth, the Cubs made another run at it, scoring five. Aaron Laabs came up with the big hit, picking up two RBIs on a double to right center. Austin Ruehle and Ty Filzen both picked up RBI, as well in the fifth.
The game was still tied in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs when the Eagles hit a triple just out of the reach of diving center-fielder Ruehle, and then would score on a wild pitch. The Cubs left it all out on the field and almost picked up the biggest upset of the year in Minnesota high school baseball.