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Kimball Gold takes home the crown in Luxemburg tournament

Our Kimball area little leaguers put on quite a show as both teams played some great baseball, placing first and third in the 16-team Lux Little League Tourney this past weekend, July 10, 11, and 12.

The Gold team continued its hot streak by going 4-0 to take the crown with Kimball Black, going 3-1, with its only loss being a very well-played game against Kimball Gold.

The championship journey for Kimball Gold started with a pretty clean 6-2 victory Friday night, over a spirited Cold Spring Red team. The game was highlighted by solid pitching performances by Joey VanWahlde and Jordan Joseph, with a big first inning home run from Troy Filzen.

Next up for Kimball Gold was a solid St. Stephen team which Gold handled 8-2. Another solid pitching performance from VonWahlde and Joseph, with the offensive highlight being a monstrous home run from Jordan Joseph deep into the swam, past center field, which prompted some playful questioning how a 12-year-old could hit it that far.

Next up was a very well-played game against Kimball Black, decided 7-6 in favor of Gold. Kimball Black played a very clean game, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead followed by a late rally from Kimball Gold. Tanner Mills started the game for Gold with Jordan Joseph coming in for relief.

One of the highlights of the weekend for the Gold team was the way that both Kimball teams and fans supported one another. It was common to see both teams sitting in each other's dugouts and all coaches working cooperatively to encourage the kids. It was a great day to be a Kimball Cub.

In the championship, Kimball Gold defeated St. Augusta 16-10. Kimball Gold got good pitching performances from their workhorses of Joseph and VonWahlde, with a little help once again from Tanner Mills. The team had to adjust to a tighter than normal strike zone, which caused the game to be higher-scoring than most. The game was highlighted defensively by a couple of great plays from Tanner Mills at second base. Jordan Joseph continued his hot offensive play, going 4-4 with a walk, which included a big three-run homer in the sixth to all but seal the deal.

The coaches would like to thank the parents and fans for all of the support.

Douglas Joseph