Tricounty News

Express win one, lose two for the week

The Kimball Express left too much oil in their gloves, as seven costly errors led to the 10-2 loss at the hands of the Cold Spring Springers, Wednesday, June 26, on their turf. With the Springers already holding a 5-2 lead through six, the Express would hand them an unearned run in the seventh inning and four more unearned runs in the eighth. Starter Matt Dingmann took the loss, after the relief efforts of Andy Dingmann in the fifth and Brooks Marquardt in the seventh. Kimball’s offensive attack was led by Jordan Joseph, Brian Marquardt, and Pat Arnold, each with two hits apiece. 

Game Totals:

1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9 R  H  E

Kimball 0 0 0  0 2 0  0 0 0 2   9   7

Cold Spr. 0 1 3  0 1 0  1 4 10  14  2

Saturday, June 29, the Express came up short again, as the Bird Island Bullfrogs leaped over them for good in the last inning, and secured the 8-3 victory. The Frogs broke open a close 4-2 affair in the top of the ninth, plating four runs and adding plenty of insurance. Suddenly smothered and quickly deflated, the Express went slowly into that good night, managing just one lone run to complete the defeat. The Kimball bats remained quiet through their 4-game losing streak, squeaking out just six singles versus Frog pitching. Hurling seven good innings, starter Andy Dingmann was charged with the loss. Aaron Laabs performed the relief duties in the eighth.

Game Totals:

1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9 R  H  E

Bird Isl. 1 1 0  0 0 0  2 0 4 8  15  2

Kimball 0 1 1  0 0 0  0 0 1 3   6   0

 

The Express finally righted itself Sunday, June 30, at St. Nicholas, capturing an 8-4 victory over the Nicks. In their final Central Valley League game, Kimball opened up a tight 4-4 event, with four huge runs in the top of the ninth. Brian Marquardt provided the big blow in the last bat, belting a 2-run round tripper deep to left center field. Offensively, the Express were led by Adam Beyer, 3 for 4, 2-2B, 3 RBI; Aaron Laabs, 2 for 3; Brian Marquardt, 1 for 5, 2-run HR. Matt Dingmann got the starting duties and he was relieved by Beyer in the seventh, and Brooks Marquardt in the ninth, who picked up the win.

Game Totals:

1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9 R   H  E

Kimball 0 2 0  1 0 0  1 0 4 8   8   1

St Nich 0 0 1  1 1 0  0 1 0 4   9   2

Express record stands at 14-6 overall, and they finish the Central Valley League South with an impressive 11-3 mark. Next up for Kimball will be: Friday, July 12 at Sauk Rapids, 7:30 start; then Sunday, July 14, 1st CVLS playoff game, home vs opponent TBD, 2:00 start.