The Kimball Cubs’ softball team’s post-season ended shortly after it began Thursday, May 23, in Minnewaska, with a 7-4 loss to the number 3-seed Osakis Silverstreaks. Finally getting a break from the 3-day rains, the sixth-seeded Cubs journeyed to Minnewaska, to face the Osakis club, in their first meeting of the year, since being “snowed out” earlier in the season. The game would have been just fine for the Cubs had they not played the first inning. After a scoreless top half of the first, the Cubs took the field with Alexis Rose on the mound. Retiring the first two Silverstreaks via a strike out and ground out, things went suddenly south. Rose walked the next two batters and hit the next one, loading the bases. Following yet another walk, Osakis took a 1-0 two-out lead.
The score was 2-0, with the ensuing wild pitch by Rose, who then yielded another base on balls. Madison Libbesmeier entered in relief and the circus continued. After a wild pitch, she walked the first hitter she faced. Starting the next batter out with another wild pitch, Libbesmeier ultimately hit her, and finally struck out the fourth hitter she encountered. The seemingly perpetual first frame was finally over, leaving the Cubs in a 5-0 hole. Osakis scored their only earned run of the game in the fifth inning, and Kimball managed just one run in each of the third and fifth innings, and added their final two in the sixth. Giving an all-out effort, the Cubs first two hitters reached safely in the top of the seventh. But the Silverstreaks put out the fire quickly, retiring the next three Cubs. Kimball coach Eric Primus believes the game could have gone their way. “Over all we played a better game than Osakis did. We had more hits, more earned runs, more stolen bases, and fewer errors, but unfortunately our pitching wasn’t there today.” Perhaps realizing they let one get away, the Cubs look forward to another great season in 2014…and maybe a little less snow! “It was a disappointing way to end the season, but I think it left a sour taste for the girls who will be coming back next year. They know they can do better and I expect that they will. I would like to thank all of our fans who came out to support us all year,” Primus said.
Winning Pitcher: Lauren Silbernick (Osakis) pitched 7 innings, faced 33 batters, allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, gave up 7 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4;
Losing Pitcher: Alexis Rose (Kimball) pitched 2/3’s of an inning, faced 7 batters, allowed 5 runs, 0 hits, walked 3, hit 2 and struck out 1;
Pitching in relief: Madison Libbesmeier pitched 5 1/3 innings, faced 23 batters, allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, gave up 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 7;
Kimball Highlights: Lauren Libbesmeier, 4 for 4 with a double, 1 RBI, and 2 stolen bases; Madison Libbesmeier, 1 for 4, 1 run scored, 1 stolen base;
Alexis Rose, 1 for 4, 1 run scored, 1 stolen base; Breane Meierhofer, 1 for 3, 1 RBI, and 2 stolen bases; Shay Krippner, 2 runs scored, 3 stolen bases.
Osakis HIghights: D. Chris-holm, 1 for 3, a double, 3 runs scored; J. Fearing, 1 for 2, 1 run scored, 1 RBI; B. Waldorf, 1 for 2.