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.
Here are some of the highlights from the first nine games. Versus Long Prairie Mitch Klein hit a solo homerun in his first varsity at bat. Cameron Hunt went 2-4 with a double. Versus Maple Lake Tim Konz had a good day going 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Versus Holdingford in game two Konz, Preston Peglow, Ben Theisen, and Joey VonWahlde all had multiple hits. Versus Rockford in game one, VonWahlde pitched a one-hit shutout. Hunt, Klein, and Peglow were all 2-3. In game two, Peglow went 2-4 with a solo homerun. Hunt had the game-winning RBI double in the top of the sixth. Versus Eden Valley-Watkins in game one, Mathias Hennen pitched a complete game shutout, and also singled in Hunt for the only run of the game. In game two, Peglow was 2-2 with two doubles, Ben Serbus had an RBI double, Hunt picked up his second game-winning RBI of the week and Hennen picked up his second win of the day pitching two innings of scoreless relief.
The upcoming week has the Cubs playing Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead in a double header Monday and hosting a
double header with Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa on Thurday.
Preston Peglow takes a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader v EV-W. Kimball won both games: 1 to 0, and 4 to 3. Catching for EV-W is Matt Unterberger. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.