Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Cubs baseball team has been busy the past two weeks playing six more games. After a 4-0 start the Cubs headed to B-B-E for a double header that was originally scheduled as a home game, but because of field conditions, the games were moved to Belgrade. The first game was a back and forth battle in which the Cubs took their first defeat of the season, with an 8-6 loss. David Joseph was the starting pitcher. He went six innings, giving up six runs, four earned, and struck out seven. Offensively, Ty Filzen led the way going 2-3 with two RBI and a double. Andy Linn also had two RBI.
In the second game, the Cubs avenged their first loss with a 5-1 victory. Jordan Joseph worked all seven innings, picking up the win and struck out six. Quentin Bryce had two RBI and scored two runs and stealing two bases. David Joseph also had a productive game going 1-1 and walking three times. After the split, the Cubs record moved to 5-1.
Last Monday, May 2, the Cubs kicked off a busy week by hosting Rockford. The Cubs seemed to have this game under control, taking a 5-2 lead into the top of the seventh inning, but Rockford was able to rally and score five runs and take a 7-5 lead to the bottom of the seventh. Preston Peglow led off the inning with a single, and Andy Linn kept the inning alive with a two-out walk. Leadoff batter Austin Ruehle came up and cleared the bases with a triple to tie things up, but was not able to score. David Joseph came in and threw a scoreless top of the eight.Ê Alek Young singled to left and scored Ty Filzen from second for the walk-off victory. Aaron Laabs was the starting pitcher and went 6 1/3 innings giving up five runs, four earned, and struck out three. Ruehle and Peglow were both 3-5 at the plate with two RBI.
Tuesday, May 3, the Cubs headed to Maple Lake and fell 3-0. Maple Lake's pitching was too much for the Cubs, only giving up five hits and striking out 11. Jordan Joseph was the starting pitcher. He went all six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, and striking out nine. Offensively, David Joseph went 2-3 and was the only Cub with multiple hits.
To finish the week off, the Cubs headed to Pierz for another double-header. In the first game, the Cubs breezed to a 10-2 victory. David Joseph was the starting pitcher, going six innings, giving up two runs, zero earned, and struck out four. At the plate, Alex Young led the way, going 2-3 with three RBI. Preston Peglow was also 2-3 with two RBI.
The second game would not prove to be as easy for the Cubs. Heading into the bottom of the third, the Cubs found themselves trailing 7-0. In the bottom of the sixth, with time running out, the Cubs were still trailing 9-4. The Cubs' bats got hot and scored six, to take a one-run lead. The big blow was delivered by Preston Peglow, who, with two outs, had a two-RBI double to take the lead. In the top of the seventh, Jordan Joseph came in to pitch and slammed the door shut, striking out two to earn the save. Quentin Bryce pitched four innings of effective relief, giving up two earned runs to earn the win. Offensively, Austin Ruehle, Quentin Bryce, Preston Peglow, and Alek Young all had multiple hits.
The Cubs have been getting noticed state-wide for their early success. They are currently ninth in class A in the state rankings. They are also tied for second place in the conference standings with an overall record of 8-2 (6-2 in the conference). Next week is another busy one for the Cubs. They host Howard Lake Tuesday, host Holdingford in a doubleheader Thursday, and host Heritage Christian Academy Friday.