7th grade baseball

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Kimball 5 - EV-W 9 The Kimball baseball team finally was able to get in another game this week. Unfortunately, they couldn't knock off the rust of not playing in a while and lost to Eden Valley Watkins 9-5. Jonny Massman made his pitching debut with the Cubs and pitched a pretty good couple innings. It took Massman a while to settle in as he walked four of the first six batters he faced, this led to three quick runs for the Eagles. Massman battled back nicely, though. In the next inning, he faced four batters and only allowed one run and one hit in the second. Massman went a total of two innings and gave up four runs, but only gave up one hit. It was a solid first outing for the seventh-grader. Offensively, the cubs struggled and went scoreless the first three innings, Eden Valley-Watkins led after three innings by the score of 5-0. The Cubs would not back down though. Cole Denn came in to relieve Massman of his pitching duties and did a great job of getting batters out before his shoulder would give way to the cold. Cole pitched one and two-thirds innings, facing 10 batters and giving up only one run on two hits. It was a good outing for Denn, who has looked good on the mound all year for the Cubs. Now it was time for the Kimball bats to wake up, and that's exactly what they did. The fourth inning proved to be a good one offensively for the Cubs as they scored two runs to get back within striking distance. Cole Denn drew a walk with a good at bat. Austin Ruehle singled to get Denn in scoring position. With one out and runners on first and second, Tanner Mills stepped up to the plate and delivered a two RBI single, driving in Denn and Ruehle. The Cubs were on the board and trailed 6-2. The fifth inning proved to be a tough one defensively for the Cubs as some key hitting by the Eagles drove in three runs off of Austin Ruehle, all in one swing. Bases were loaded after a walk and a couple hits by the Eagles. That is when an Eagle batter ripped a line drive down the right field line, knocking in three Eagle runs. This put the game out of reach for the Cubs, despite their great effort in the fifth inning, highlighted by Alex Thurber's two RBI home run. The thing that really hurt the Cubs on this night was walked batters that led to unnecessary runs. The Eagles only had seven hits on the night, but they racked up 11 walks and took advantage. It was a great effort by the Cubs, but it was just one of those nights where nothing went their way. There were some spectacular plays in the field made by the Cubs, too many too mention them all, but included were some nice stops at third base by Austin Ruehle, and some great catches in the outfield by Preston Peglow and Tritton Tschida. Alex Thurber caught a nice game throwing out three Eagles runners and preventing some runs. Alex Thurber also hit the third home run this year by a Cubs player. (Ruehle, Peglow). The outfield and infield both did a great job of making plays and not making any errors. The pitchers had some control issues, but managed to stay with it and only allow six eagle hits. Key stats: Hits - Tritton Tschida 2, Austin Ruehle 2, Tanner Mills 1, Preston Peglow 1, Alex Thurber 1. Runs - Cole Denn 2, Tshida 1, Thurber 1, Ruehle 1. RBI - Thurber 2, Mills 2, Ruehle 1. Stolen bases - Denn 3, Tschida 2, Mills 2, Massman 1, Ruehle 1. Pitching - Massman, 2 IP, 4 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 5 walks; Denn, 1 2/3 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 4 walks; Ruehle, 2 1/3 IP, 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks. Steve Harloff, coach