With the softball season quickly fading, the Kimball girls’ fast pitch team was flawless on May 16 at home, taking a double-dipper from Pierz, 8-7 and 3-0. The lady Cubs committed just one error all day and Coach Eric Primus was very pleased. “It was a win we needed. The girls work very hard in practice, and our record doesn’t show how good they really are.” The Cubs pounded out 11 hits in the double header. Game one was fast and furious, with Kimball scoring first in the second inning. They held the lead for just an inning as Pierz scored five runs in the top of the third. The Kimball gals trumped that effort with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning. In the fourth inning, Megan Bozer hit a solo shot, making the score 6-3, Pierz. Pierz scored another run in the 5th inning, making the score 7-3. Kimball answered back with 4 runs in the sixth inning, tying the game at 7-7. Two Pierz batters got on in the sixth inning, but Kimball shut them down and got out of the mess. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Stacy Hurrle took a walk. Raelynn Callander doubled, and the speedy Hurrle circled the bases, scoring the winning run.
Winning Pitcher: Alexis Rose pitched 6 innings, faced 34 batters, allowed 7 runs, 1 earned; gave up 6 hits; walked 5 and struck out 7. Losing Pitcher: T. Hopkins pitched 6 innings, faced 29 batters, allowed 8 runs, 2 earned; gave up 6 hits, walked 3 and struck out 5. Kimball Highlights: Alexis Rose, 3 for 3, 1 run scored and 3 RBI; Madison Libbesmeier, 1 for 3, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases; Raelynn Calander, 1 for 3, 1 run scored; Lauren Libbesmeier, 1 for 3, 1 walk; Stacy Hurrle, 2 walks, and scored the winning run.
Game two was less dramatic but culminated in a favorable result for the Cubs. After two scoreless innings, Cubs’ shortstop Breane Meierhofer smashed her first round-tripper of the season, lifting the Cubs to a one-run lead. Shay Krippner reached on an error, stole second, and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by Stacy Hurrle. Lauren Libbesmeier hit a rope to center, easily scoring Kripner. The score remained 2-0 until the top of the 6th when Lauren Libbesmeier scored for Kimball. With a 3-0 lead, Madison Libbesmeier finished off the Pioneers in the bottom of the frame, sealing the finale and earning the shutout, 3-0. “Maddy did a great job, keeping her composure out there tonight. She never let the batters rattle her,” Primus said.
Winning Pitcher: Madison Libbesmeier pitched 6 innings, faced 22 batters, allowed 0 runs, gave up 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 10.
Losing Pitcher: T. Hopkins pitched 6 innings, faced19 batters, allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, gave up 4 hits, walked 0, struck out 3.
Kimball Highlights: Lauren Libbesmeier, 2 for 3, 1 run scored; Shay Krippner, 1 for 1 with 1 run scored, and 1 stolen base; Emily Utecht: 1 for 1; Breane Meierhofer: 1 for 2 (home run) 1 RBI.