The Kimball Express invaded Watkins Friday, June 7, and pounded the Clippers, 14-3, in a quick, 7-inning game. Express bats erupted for 20 hits. Leading the offensive attack were Jordan Joseph, who went an impressive 5 for 5 with 6 RBI, followed by Adam Beyer, 4 for 5, with a double and home run. Scott and Brian Marquardt added 3 hits apiece, and Brooks Marquardt belted a 3-run homer, aiding the 5-run fourth inning. Kevin Kramer and Dan Berg hit solo home runs for the Clippers. Matt Dingmann picked up the win, going 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 K’s, and no walks.
Despite allowing the Pearl Lake Lakers 13 hits, the Kimball Express found timely hitting of their own to be the difference, as they took the shutout victory, 2-0, Saturday, June 8, at home. Four Express pitchers were able to manage the strong hitting attack from the Lakers and still secure a shutout. Andy Dingmann started and was credited with the win. He received quality relief work from Jordan Joseph in the seventh, Adam Beyer in the eighth, and Ben Johnson in the ninth (who picked up the save). Offensively, Scott and Brian Marquardt each drove in a run for the Express.
Winding up a busy weekend, the Express welcomed the Cold Spring Rockies on Sunday, June 9, and were handed a 7-1 loss. The Express hopes for a weekend sweep were crushed quickly, as the Rockies jumped out early, scoring 6 runs in the first 3 innings. The sudden onslaught was too overwhelming and the Express just couldn’t recover. Rockies pitcher Chris Lardy held the Kimball hitters in check, allowing only 6 hits. Aaron Laabs started on the mound for the Express and took the loss. He was relieved by Mathies Hennen in the third and Matt Dingmann in the eighth.
The Express record stands at 11-2 overall and 10-2 in the Central Valley League South.
Next up for the Express is the Third Annual Highway 55 Tournament, June 13-16. Locations will be at Eden Valley, Watkins, and Kimball. Follow the link for brackets and this year’s 16-team tournament information www.mn
baseball.org/News/678. Come out and watch some good amateur baseball. Admission is always free.
Matt Dingmann delivers a pitch and picks up the win for the Kimball Express v Watkins Clippers Friday, June 7, with a score of 14-3. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.