Saturday, Aug. 10
By Tom Marquardt
The Cold Spring Rockies defeated the Kimball Express 5-4 in 11 innings. The Rockies got the scoring early with 2 runs in the second and third innings, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. The Express battled back getting 3 runs in the fifth on a long 3-run home run to left center off the bat of Ben Johnson, and eventually tied it at 4 in the top of the sixth inning. The game went scoreless until the Rockies pushed across a 2-out run in the bottom of the 11th inning. With the loss, it ended an Express run for a state tournament berth and its season.
Matt Dingmann started on the mound for the Express, relieved by Brooks Marquardt in the fifth, and Johnson in the sixth, taking the hard fought loss.
Offensively, the Express were led by Scott Marquardt 3-5, Brooks Marquardt 3-6, 2 B, 1 RBI and Johnson 1-6, 3R HR, 3 RBI.
The Central Valley League 2013 Regional 11-C baseball tournament championship was captured by the Watkins Clippers at the Cold Spring Complex last weekend, Aug. 10 and 11. The Clippers took advantage of a few Raymond Rockets’ defensive mishaps, and broke out with a dozen hits, in their Saturday, Aug. 10, victory over Raymond, 5-4. Watkins’ Matt Geislinger was sharp, collecting the complete game win, as he struck out 13 and scattered just 6 hits. Clippers’ hitting: Adam Hiltner, 1 for 5, run scored; Kevin Kramer, 1 for 5; Matt Geislinger,
2 for 5, run scored; Grant Warren,
3 for 3, run scored; Brendan Ashton, 1 for 4, run scored; Miah Kramer, 3 for 4, run scored; Bryan Benson, 1 for 3.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rockets 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 6 3
Clippers 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 12 1
The action continued on Sunday, August 11, and the Watkins bunch again took on the Raymond Rockets, this time in a double-header affair. The Clips dropped game one, 8-0, and it was never really in doubt. Watkins had their share of hits (10), but none were in a timely fashion. After a 4-run third inning, the Rockets hammered out 12 hits en route to their commanding shut-out victory. Raymond’s Tyler Knott picked up the complete game win, while Watkins’ T.J. Frericks was charged with the loss. Clippers’ hitting: Adam Hiltner, Kevin Kramer, and Grant Warren, 2 hits apiece; Brendan Ashton, Mike Beier, Dustin Kramer, and Bryan Benson each had one hit.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rockets 0 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 12 1
Clippers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Taking the field for the rubber game, Watkins played it close to the best, squeaking out the win, in an extra-frame walk-off thriller, 5-4. The spectacular 14-inning decisive clash advanced the Clips to the upcoming state tournament, earning a first-round bye. Mike Beier picked up the win for the Clippers and the Rockets’ Justin Koenen went the distance, and took the heart-breaking loss. Clipper’s hitting: Dan Berg, 1 for 6; Kevin Kramer, 3 for 7; Adam Hiltner, 0 for 6, run scored; Matt Geislinger, 2 for 6, 2 runs scored; Grant Warren, 3 for 6, run scored; Brendan Ashton, 2 for 6, run scored; Mike Beier, 1 for 1; Tyler Long,
1 for 5.
123 456 789 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
Roc 013 000 000 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 4
Clip 000 012 100 1 0 0 0 1 5 12 3
The wild and whacky weekend proved well worth it for the Clippers, as they now enter the state competition with a first-round bye. The Clippers play on Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., in Maple Lake. Fourteen-year veteran and all-around good guy Dan Berg is happy to be heading to state. “This is my first state tournament in 14 years of amateur baseball. I’m very excited to get the opportunity to play in the state tournament with this group of guys.”
Cold Spring Rockies 5, Kimball 4
Kevin Wenner’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Cold Spring Rockies past Kimball in a Region 11C elimination game.
Ben Johnson had a three-run homer for Kimball in the top of the fifth inning.
Kimball finishes the season 18-10 overall.
The Chain of Lakes Soccer Club, which includes Kimball, Eden Valley, Watkins, Paynesville, and ROCORI, is now registering for the upcoming 2013 fall season. This is for girls and boys, grades 6-12. Please register by Monday, Aug. 12, practices start mid-August. Soccer fields are located in Paynesville and Richmond. Registration forms are located on our website at sites.google.com/site/
colsoccer. Any questions, please contact Marsha Meed at (320)
We went 4-2 in the tournament and took fourth place, which was the same record we had in the District Tournament. Three out of the final four teams in the tournament were not only from our District (which is the tournament that decides who goes to state), but they were from our Division (who we play in the regular season). Cold Spring Black was the state champion, Dillworth Glyndon Felton took second, Cold Spring Red took third and we took fourth.
Thursday, Aug. 1, at 12 p.m.
EV-W 7-1 over Wadena Deer Creek
Thursday was the first day of the tournament and we beat Wadena Deer Creek 7-1 in our first game. We had our ace draftee from Cold Spring Maroon pitching, and he had 11 strikeouts with their only run being unearned, and he gave up only three hits. Travis Thielen’s bat was on fire. He had two doubles and a triple, going 3-3 with one walk and he scored twice.