Following a lot of action earlier in the week, Kimball took a trip to Eden Valley Thursday, May 8, to play another twin bill, only to get rained out forcing them to return on Friday. After letting Mother Nature have her way, the games were played, and the Cubs came away with a split decision, winning game one, 11-7, and dropping the nightcap, 10-3. In the opener, Kimball was only able to send two batters to the plate, before the game was suspended due to thunder and lightning. When Kimball traveled back to Eden Valley on Friday, the game started with runners on first and third and no outs. Kimball would go on to have 25 batters hit safely and capture the victory, 11-7, despite committing five errors. Game two was all EV-W, as Kali Covert kept the Kimball batters off balance, while the Cubs booted the ball around, allowing the Eagles to walk away with the 10-3 win.
It stopped raining for a while, so the Cubs traveled to Rockford for a conference double-header. Kimball prevailed in game one, 5-4. Joey VonWahlde picked up the win, going five innings, surrendering seven hits and three earned runs. He struck out three, didn’t walk anyone, and Mathias Hennen picked up the save, in one inning of relief. In the Cubs’ 10-hit assault, Hunter Schreifels came up big, with a two-RBI double in the third, giving Kimball the lead. Mitch Klein, Ben Serbus, and Brady Faber all had two hits as well. Game two was controlled by Rockford, as they easily beat the Cubs 8-0, on a one hitter. The Cubs committed four errors that led to four unearned runs.
Monday, May 5, Kimball hosted Rockford for a Central Minnesota Conference double header. Fielding mishaps and base-running blunders plagued the Cubs, as they surrendered three unearned runs in game one, and lost, 4-1. Majeski pitched for Rockford and recorded 10 strike outs. Shaky play continued in game two, as Kimball lost, 6-2.
Game one highlights: Madison Libbesmeier, 3 for 3, double, stolen base; Alexis Rose, 1 for 2, stolen base; Becky Holtz, 1 for 3. Game two highlights: Stacy Hurrle, 1 for 1; Maddison Libbesmeier, 2 for 3; Lauren Libbesmeier, 1 for 2; Haley Schiefelbein, 1 for 2; Emily Utecht, 1 for 3, HR. Maple Lake twin bill: Kimball had a chance to break the game open in the third inning, but a base running blunder allowed Maple Lake to have a one-run lead after three complete. After four, Kimball was up, 2-1 against CMC powerhouse Maple Lake, but a walk and an ensuing error allowed the Irish to tie the game in the fifth inning. Kimball was shut down and Maple Lake went on to score two more runs, making the final, Kimball 2, Maple Lake 4.
The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins’ track teams were in top form at the Sauk Centre Meet on Tuesday, May 5. In the 17-event, five-team competition, both of the K-EV-W girls’ and boys’ teams took first place honors, with marks of 115 and 138, respectively.
Following are the results: Girls’ 100-meter dash: first, Stephanie Hemsworth, Sauk Centre, 13.52; EV-W-K: 11th, Holly Loch, 14.81; 13th, Ariel Laabs, 14.94; 14th, Seahara Mancini, 15.02; 15th, Maicy Vossen, 15.17
Boys’ 100-meter dash: first, Deshaun James, EV-W-K, 11.30; fourth, John Salzl, 12.18; seventh, James Mancini, 12.33; 13th, Cody Schlangen, 15th, Trever Hesse, 12.71; tied 17th, Keali’i Kapoi, 12.96; tied 20th, Isaac Thielen, John Zipoy, 13.27; 24th, York Larson, 14.14
The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball track teams performed in the Little Crow Invite at New London-Spicer Monday, May 5. Emily Donnay again took the honors, breaking the 800m school record with a time of 2:26.72.
Achieving a number of personal bests, both the boys and girls teams finished in third place, in the seven-team competition. The women’s first-place honors went to Litchfield, and in the men’s division, first place was awarded to New London-Spicer.