Kimball Softball

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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By Gary Riess, Coach

Last week was a study in weather contrasts as the Cubs played Monday in a cold drizzle and then, after postponing Thursday's doubleheader, Kimball went to Pierz Saturday for glorious weather. The Cubs lost to Rockford in the rain, but swept the Pioneers in the sunshine.

The Rockford game was played in a constant drizzle that varied in intensity during the game. The Cubs scored single runs in the first three innings by Shantel Tschida, Natalie Stein, and Tesslynn Callander to take a 3-2 lead. Rockford tied the game in the fourth inning, and then broke it open with 2 in the fifth, and then a big three-run home run in the sixth put the game out of reach, as the Rockets prevailed over the Cubs. For the game, Tesslynn Callander was 2-3 with a triple and Megan Garding had an rbi sacrifice fly.

The poor weather continued and the scheduled Thursday doubleheader with Pierz was postponed to Saturday. Beautiful sunshine greeted the Cubs in Pierz, and they took advantage of it to sweep the two games by 7-3 and 4-2 scores. Game one was scoreless until the third, when two Kimball errors allowed two unearned runs. The Cubs came back with a four-run fourth inning. Tschida,Tiffany Berscheid, Callander, Garding, and Megan Libbesmeier scored to make it 4-4. The Cubs added 3 more in the sixth with Callander, Garding, and Libbesmeier scoring again to take a 7-2 lead into the seventh. Pierz scored once, but it wasn't enough, because the Cubs came out on top 7-3. Callander was 3-4 and Libbesmeier was 2-4 with 2RBI.

Game two was a pitching duel with Kimball's Megan Libbesmeier coming out on top. After pitching game one, Megan started the second game and cruised through seven innings with 2 unearned runs and four hits allowed, while not walking a batter. For the day, she pitched 14 innings with 1 earned run, 10 hits, two strikeouts and two walks. Offensively, the Cubs scored one in the first, with Garding's double-driving in Tschida, and then three more in the second. Erin Gilpatrick and Kristen Kuechle scored on Tschida's double and Shantel then was driven in by Berscheid for a 4-0 lead. Pierz then switched pitchers and the Cubs had only four more baserunners in the game. Pierz scored single runs in the third, and fifth innings, but neither team could string multiple hits together to get a big inning. The final was 4-2 in favor of Kimball.

The Cubs end the regular season Monday at first-place Maple Lake, and then take on second-place Holdingford in a double header Tuesday. Section 5A West playoffs begin Friday, May 21, with Kimball facing either Swanville or St. John'sPrep at home in the quarterfinals.