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.
The Kimball “come-back kids” did it again, as they topped Browerville, 18-12, in a wild affair at the friendly confines Friday, May 2. The Cubs surrendered three Tiger runs, on three boots and a Kale Knutson long ball, in inning number two. But the Browerville lead was short-lived, when Alexis Rose pounded a grand slam, en route to a Kimball six-run tally in the bottom half. Following another error, Kimball handed the Tigers the lead again in the fourth. The Cubs answered with a run, putting them behind by just one after four complete. Emily Utecht then struck out the side in the fifth inning, and Kimball rallied in the bottom half, to take the lead, 9-8. However, another costly error in the ensuing inning allowed Browerville to stay alive, posting four runs and forcing pitcher Emily Utecht out of the game. Utecht was replaced by veteran Alexis Rose, who put out the fire and got the Cubs out of a mess. The sixth inning would be Browerville’s Waterloo, as Kimball went on a nine-run terror, with five hits, seven walks, and a hit batter. Rose crushed the Tigers’ hopes of coming back, when she struck out Caitlin Robak to end the game. The Cubs now stand at 6-1 overall and a very respectable 4-1 in conference play.