Tricounty News

Kimball softball starts season 3-1

By Gary Riess, Coach

The 2010 season has gotten off to a quick start with excellent weather, allowing more outdoor time than is normally the case. The Cubs started the season Friday, April 9, against Osakis. Osakis came into the game with two games already played, and that edge showed up as they defeated the Cubs 9-3. Kimball scored first, with Tesslynn Callander collecting the first hit of the season, to be followed by Megan Garding with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. That lead held until the fourth, when Osakis struck for 5 runs, using two walks and five errors. The rest of the game was 3-2, but the Cubs couldn't overcome the fourth, and went down to defeat. For the game, Tesslynn Callander and Megan Garding each had two hits, while the rest of the lineup had only one.

Monday, April 12, the Cubs took on Upsala. The Cubs struck early with 3 in the first, and 2 in the second. Natalie Stein, Garding, and Shannon Donnay scored in the first, and Shantel Tschida and Erin Gilpatrick in the second. Gilpatrick scored in the fourth, and Tschida, Callander, and Garding in the sixth, as the Cubs built a 9-0 lead. Megan Libbesmeier pitched six innings of hitless ball with 10 strikeouts. The leadoff hitter in the seventh got Upsala's only hit of the game. An error led to an unearned run in Kimball's 9-1 win. Tschida was 3-4, Callander 2-3, Garding 2-4, and Donnay 2-4, with a double and triple.

The no-hitter that eluded Libbesmeier Monday became a reality Thursday as she pitched a no-hitter against St. John's Prep. The leadoff hitter of the game walked and that was the Johnnies only baserunner of the game. Megan allowed no hits, with seven strikouts, and one walk, and the Cub defense committed no errors in a 14-0 win. Nine Kimball players scored runs and Tschidawas 2-3 with two doubles to lead the offense.

The week concluded with the first road game at ACGC. In very windy conditions, ACGC jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The lead stayed at 4-2 into the fourth, when the Cubs rallied for three runs by Tschida, Stein, and Gilpatrick. Donnay scored in the fifth, and then the Cubs got five runs in the seventh with Tschida, Stein, Callander, Garding, and Libbesmeier scoring. The big hit was Libbesmeier's bases loaded double. ACGC scored twice in the seventh, but was too little, too late, and the Cubs prevailed by a 12-6 margin. Tschida was 4-4, Callander 3-4, Megan Libbesmeier 2-3, and Gilpatrick 2-4. For the season so far, Tschida is 9-13 and Callander is 7-12.

With Friday's win, the Cubs complete the early non-conference portion of the schedule with a 3-1 mark. CMC play begins this week with road games at HL-W-W and Rockford. Varsity players on this year's team are seniors Tesslynn Callander, Erin Gilpatrick, Melissa Konz, Kristin Kuechle, Beth Libbesmeier, Shantel Tschida, Kelsey Vigoren, and Abbey Zoller. Juniors are Shannon Donnay, Megan Garding, Melody Rose, and Natalie Stein. Sophomores Tiffany Berscheid and Megan Libbesmeier round out the team.

Head Coach is Gary Riess in his 34th year of coaching at Kimball Area High School.