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Three days, three wins for Express who stay atop CVL North

The Express keep chugging along as they picked up three Central Valley League wins over the past weekend with victories over Eden Valley, St. Augusta, and Pearl Lake.

With the wins the Express improve their Central Valley League record to 10-1 in the North Division as Manager Tom Marquardt has guided his team with the poise of a seasoned leader. Marquardt, a veteran of 39 years of CVL baseball, pieced together a sometimes short bench to guide his team to the victories. Marquardt was in fine form from the bench making the right moves and sometimes “helping” the umpires when they weren’t making the correct calls.

In the games Saturday and Sunday, Marquardt worked the umpires a bit after some erratic officiating. After a couple of questionable calls in the St. Augusta game he even pulled an old Earl Weaver move and kicked dirt over home plate to show his unhappiness. The umpire just glared at him.

But, in the Pearl Lake game, after Marquardt questioned the location of a pitch to one of his batters early in the game, the umpire told him to settle down to which Marquardt replied, “It’s early,” as if promising that there would be more fireworks if there were more missed calls. Marquardt got off the bench and went and grabbed a cup of water both to cool down and to add some drama to the moment.

On a day when Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire was getting ejected from a game for the 69th time in his career, Marquardt did not face the same results. In fact, the Express manager has never been tossed from a game as skipper. He did, however, get ejected once as a player, and he has a long way to go to catch up to Gardenhire.

Kimball’s most recent win of the past weekend came in Marty on Sunday as the Express topped the Lakers 11-1.

Ben Johnson got the pitching victory, and he helped himself at the plate as he collected three hits and three RBIs including a home run. Johnson’s homer was one of three the Express smashed as Austin Ruehle and Adam Beyer also sent baseballs out of the park.

Johnson hurled a three-hitter as he allowed one earned run, walked two, and struck-out three during his five innings of work.

Kimball lashed out 14 hits against Laker pitching. Tony Garding started for Pearl Lake and was tagged with the loss as he gave up six runs in five innings.

Kimball jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Brooks Marquardt singled, stole second, and scored on Johnson’s single.

The Express tacked on two runs in the third and never looked back. The Express added two runs in the fifth and single runs in each the sixth, seventh and eighth frames.

On Saturday, the Express traveled to
St. Augusta for their second meeting of the year and walked away with a 7-6 victory. Matt Dingmann got the win despite allowing six runs over the 7 1/3 innings he threw. He struck out five Gussies and walked three while giving up seven hits.

Kimball was paced by Austin Ruehle who stroked three hits – singles in the second, fourth and fifth – as well as three RBI.

Travis Laudenbach took the loss for
St. Augusta giving up six runs in just 4 2/3 innings.

The game started out well for St. Augusta as it took a three-run lead, but Kimball chipped away to prevail.

The Express started the weekend win-streak with a Friday night 11-1 win over the Hawks in Eden Valley.

Scott Marquardt finished the game one hit short of hitting for the cycle as he tripled in the second, singled in the fourth, and doubled in the fifth. He also racked up three RBI on the night.

Zach Dingmann got the win allowing just two hits over his five innings of work. Dingmann struck out four but walked five Eden Valley batters.

John Bautch took the loss for Eden Valley. He allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out one.

The Express didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring four runs in the second inning when it scored on a two-run single by Brooks Marquardt and Scott Marquardt’s two-run triple.


In other CVL action:

Clippers top Nicks 13-0

WATKINS – On Wednesday night the Clippers got their week off right with a 13-0 whitewashing of St. Nicholas.

Following that league victory, the Clippers took part in the Hamburg/Green Isle Tournament where they split a pair of games, defeating the Hastings Hawks 12-2 before falling to the Waconia Lakers 4-3.


Sunday games:

Watkins edges Gussies 8-7

ST. AUGUSTA – Brandon Ashton had a big day at the plate going 4-for-5 with two RBI as the Clippers hung on for the win.

Miah Kramer and Tyler Long added two hits for Watkins, and Dustin Kramer pitched seven innings to get the win for the Clippers.

Dusty Schulzetenberg led St. Augusta with two hits, and Aaron Fruth hit a two-run home run for the Gussies.

Luxemburg keeps Nicks winless

ST. NICHOLAS – Cory Fruth went 3-for-5 and Derrick Orth added two hits in Luxemburg’s win.

Nick Baker went seven innings to get the win, allowing six hits.

Travis Hansen pitched nine innings to take the loss for the Nicks.

Rockies top Hawks 6-1

COLD SPRING – David Jonas went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run to lead Cold Spring past Eden Valley 6-1.

Paul Schreiner hit two doubles and drove in two runs, and John Rossman was 2-for-2 with two RBI for the Rockies. Blaine Athmann pitched a complete game for the win.

Dan Hansen had two hits for the Hawks.

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Photo at left, the St. Augusta Gussies took a three-run lead early in the game Saturday, June 21, but the Kimball Express rallied and emerged victorius, 7-6. Staff photos by Mike Nistler.


Photo at right Brooks Marquardt slides safely under the tag of Pearl Lake’s catcher Derrick Garding on a base hit to center field by Ben Johnson giving the Express an early 1-0 lead. Express fan Drew Gustafson, watches in the background as the play unfolds. The Lakers hosted the Kimball Express Sunday,
June 22, but took a whipping in the 11-1 loss.