KIMBALL – Five home runs and a near no-hitter led the Express over Luxemburg 12-0 Sunday,
July 27, and sends them to the regional tournament Saturday, Aug. 2, in Watkins at the top of their game.
The Express carry the Central Valley League North No. 1 seed into their game with Raymond, who advanced to the regional by defeating the Eden Valley Hawks 5-2 Saturday, July 26.
Kimball starter Matt Dingmann sailed through the first 5 1/3 innings until the Brewers were able to collect back-to-back singles – one an infield hit and the other a blooper to the outfield. For the game, Dingmann struck out seven, walked none, and gave up only the two hits. Zach Dingmann pitched the seventh inning to finish the game.
Knaus Insurance 11 0
Stickney Hill Dairy 8 2
Krippner Ex./Skeeter 6 3
Riverwood Realty 6 4
Molitor Flooring 5 5
Peglow Concrete 5 7
H & S Heating/AC 4 6
Shorty’s Bar 3 6
Azz Clowns 2 8
Libbesmeier Farms 1 1 0
Games through July 22
Golf Tip of the Week
Are you really picking your head up?
The most common saying in golf is “keep your head down.”
The question is, are you actually picking your head up? When you hit a thin shot that dribbles along the ground, it would seem that a player must have picked their head up.
My experience is that most players don’t pick their head up at all. What they do is pull their arms and hands up toward their body causing the club to hit the ball low on the clubface producing a skull shot.
To fix the problem, hit balls focusing on brushing grass ahead of the ball and going to a more fully extended finish. This will help keep your arms extended producing more consistency and power.
KIMBALL – The Kimball Express jumped out to an early lead over the Luxemburg Brewers Sunday, July 20, and held on for a 6-5 win in the second round of the Central Valley League playoffs.
The top-seeded Express were led at the plate by catcher Scott Marquardt who had a big day going 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI. Marquardt hit solo blasts in the first and third innings to get the Express on the board against a tough Luxemburg squad that handed Kimball one of its two league losses this season.
Hard-throwing right-hander Ben Johnson started the game on the mound for the Express and kept the Brewers guessing during his 4 2/3 innings of work. He didn’t allow an earned run and struck out eight batters. He allowed three hits and walked two before handing the ball off to Zach Dingmann who got the win in relief. Dingmann threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed three runs before he gave way to Jordan Joseph who finished the game for the Express to register the save.
The Express scored single runs in each of the first three frames. Besides Marquardt’s two homers, the Express scored in the second when Austin Ruehle’s single plated Jordan Joseph.
Beginning this week, Kimball Golf Club is making golf more fun, especially for beginners and occasional players.
The golf course has adopted the United States Golf Association endorsed “Tee it Forward” program designed to make play easier and more fun for all golfers. The five tee locations on each hole at Kimball Golf Club may now be selected by golfers, based on how far they hit their drives, not gender or age as is traditional with tee locations for the drive, the first shot on every hole.
Bob Deem, Kimball Golf Club manager and golf professional, said “Golfers in the Tri-County News area who play at Kimball will be invited to tee it up based on a card each golfer will be given as a guide to choosing their tee location, based on their estimate of the distance of their average drive. The shorter one’s average drive, the closer they tee off to the hole, with the new orange tees well forward for beginning or occasional players.”