With the season half done the Cubs played four more games last week. The week began with the Cubs traveling to Howard Lake for their first of two double headers. Coming into the games, the Lakers were 7-3 and the Cubs were 4-5, and on a four game winning streak.
The first game proved to be a pitching duel with only one run scored in the game. That run came in the top of the first inning when Preston Peglow singled in Mathias Hennen. Starting pitcher Joey VonWahlde went the distance for the Cubs, allowing only two hits and striking out three for his second consecutive shutout.
Monday, May 13, found the Cubs traveling to take on the HL-W-W Lakers. The Cubs would drop both games 4 to 5 and 3 to 8. The rest of the week the Cubs saw nothing but wins. Thursday, May 16, they hosted the Pierz Pioneers and took the first by a score of 8 to 7 and the second 3 to 0. On Firday the Lady Cubs traveled to Melrose for a non-
conference game and won with a score of 10 to 5.
The crazy weather this spring has led to a large amount of games in a short amount of time. The Cubs have squeezed in nine games in the last two weeks. Their first practice on the field was followed by their first game the next day. They got off to a slow start losing their first five. With a relatively inexperienced team and the lack of outdoor practice, there were several mistakes made in the field that led to the losses. The first loss was to Long Prairie 6-2. The next two were to Maple Lake 9-3 and 7-4. The last two were to Holdingford 6-0 and 5-4 on a walkoff hit in the bottom of the sixth.
In the second week of the season, the Cubs rattled off four wins, which were the result of good pitching and near-perfect defense. The first two wins were against Rockford 5-0 and 4-3. The next two came against Eden Valley-Watkins 1-0 and 4-3. In those four games the Cubs committed only one error.
The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team looked good Monday, May 13, at the Pierz golf course, as they finished third in the 7-team Central Minnesota Conference showdown.
Coach Kristine O’Brien is impressed with the progress of her golfers, given the delayed start to the season. “Since the weather has gotten nice, the season has been a whirlwind. We have had two to three meets a week, making it difficult to work on skills between competitions. I feel like the season has gone well so far, thanks to the strong play of Nicole Vossen and Paiten Schreiner. Sophomores Maddy O’Brien and Hannah Serbus have been playing consistently, keeping their scores in the low 50s. Junior Erin Salo and seventh-grader Trinity Erickson are continually improving in their first year as varsity players. We are currently 19 shots behind B-B-E for third place, and hope to make up some ground in the next three meets.”
The Dave Sieben Invitational track meet was held at Albany High School in Melrose last Thursday, May 9, attracting 15 women’s teams and 14 men’s teams, offering 18 competitive events in each category. Men’s coach Jason Mortenson is pleased with the athletes’ efforts and remains confident of a successful season. “Last night at the Melrose Dave Sieben Invite, the ladies took 6th out of 15, and the guys took 2nd out of 14 teams. Other than the weather the meet was good for us. Connor Wittenberg tied the school record in the high jump at 6’3”! This was our final prep for our conference meet in Pierz next week, and the subsection meet at B-B-E the week after.” EV-W-K ladies’ coach Gordy Schlangen has no complaints about what he witnessed. “The girls competed hard at a very large Melrose meet and finished strong. There were a lot of good times and distances. Hopefully this effort can carry over to our conference meet next week.”