LUXEMBURG – On a warm, windy Sunday at the ballpark the Kimball Express dropped their season finale 7-3 to the Brewers but still retained possession of first place in the North Division and finished the season with the best league record.
By virtue of that 12-2 league record, the Express will open up the first round of the playoffs next week at home against winless St. Nicholas (0-14).
Luxemburg took command of the game early, scoring three in the first and two in the second, which was enough for Austin Klaverkamp who twirled a complete game striking out nine Kimball batters. Derrek Orth was 3-for-5 for the Brewers and knocked in three runs, and Isaac Matchinsky and Colton Fruth added two hits apiece.
For the Express, Ben Johnson, Scott Marquardt and Brian Marquardt each wrapped out two hits. And Express manager Tom Marquardt, who was the designated hitter for the Express, knocked a single to right in the third. Tom Marquardt, in his 39th season as either a player or manager for Kimball, showed that he can still swing the bat and motor to first at age 55.
Matt Dingmann took the loss for the Express lasting just five innings. He walked two, struck out four, and allowed five runs.
Besides collecting two hits, Scott Marquardt also walked, scored two runs, and knocked in a run.
ST. NICHOLAS – You’ve got to feel for the Nicks. Winless on the season, the Nicks had a chance to notch their first victory but lost a heart-breaker to Eden Valley 1-0 as the Hawks scored on an error in the top of the eighth inning.
Jon Hofer was tagged for the loss but he deserved better as he allowed no earned runs and only gave up three hits in nine innings of pitching. Hofer was 1-for-4 at the plate.
Meanwhile, Heath Kramer picked up the win for the Hawks throwing the final three innings. Dan Hansen led the way for the Hawks picking up two hits.
MARTY – Pearl Lake had its hitting shoes on collecting 14 hits including two homeruns by Brian Hennen in consecutive innings as the Lakers topped Watkins 13-11.
Hennen belted blasts into the teeth of a strong wind in both the third and fourth innings to help power the Lakers who collected 14 hits on the day. Hennen’s homer in the third was a solo shot and his blast in the fourth plated three.
Tommy Linn was 4-for-5 with a double, and Mitch Wieneke was 3-for-5. Ryan Weineke chipped in a couple of hits as well.
Anthony Garding started the game for the Lakers and pitched the first four innings allowing one earned run. Nick
Roeder got the win in relief. Dustin Kramer took the loss for the Clippers. At the plate, Watkins was led by Kevin Kramer, Tyler Long and Brian Benson who each collected two hits.
ST. AUGUSTA –The Rockies rolled over St. Augusta 16-1 to finish in first place in the CVL South with an 11-3 record.
Blaine Athmann got the win on the hill for the Rockies allowing one run over six innings. He fanned two and walked one.
Ten players collected hits for Cold Spring including right fielder Kevin Wenner and catcher David Jonas who had four apiece. Jeff Lindbloom added three hits for the Rockies.
Travis Laudenbach took the loss for the Gussies throwing six innings and allowing 8 runs and 12 hits. At the plate, Nate Gwost was 2-for-4 with a double.
Veteran Tom Marquardt singles in the third inning against Luxemburg Sunday, July 6. Staff photo by Mike Nistler.
Brian Hennen launches a three-run homer in the fourth inning against Watkins Sunday, July 6. Hennen hit a solo homer in the inning before, despite a stiff wind blowing in from left field. Staff photo by Mike Nistler.