On the heels of a two-game sweep of the Pierz Pioneers, the Kimball Cubs traveled to Melrose for a non-conference game on Friday, the 17th. The weather was not the nicest for a softball game, but that did not dampen the spirits of the Cubs players. Cubs’ Stacy Hurrle smacked a 1-1 pitch to left field to get things started, and scored on a Raelynn Callander hit to right field. Kimball’s Alexis Rose started out with a bang, fanning the lead-off hitter. But then, as fast as the weather was changing, so did Rose’s pitching. She walked 3 of the next 4 batters, and following an error and wild pitch, the Cubs ultimately found themselves down 2-1. Left fielder Madison Libbesmeier entered in relief and was able to temporarily put out the fire. Melrose added a run in the third inning, extending their lead to 3-0.
Finally, Madison Libbesmeier broke the trend by getting a hit to center, followed by Katelyn Lichte who hit a rocket to right field. Alexis Rose reached on an error, allowing Libbesmeier to score. After Katelyn Lichte scored on a passed ball, the game was tied. With momentum on their side, the Cubs added three more runs in the fourth, and four more in the seventh. Melrose scored twice in the seventh, but it was too little too late. Kimball took the big victory, 10-5. Coach Eric Primus was happy with the win over his home town Dutchmen. “It was great coming home and winning. I knew a lot of people in the stands from Melrose, and I was proud to show that my girls were the better team that day. It just felt great. It was a nice way to end the season.” The Cubs enter the playoffs with a game on Thursday, May 23, vs. Osakis, at Minnewaska, 1:00.
Winning Pitcher: Madison Libbesmeier pitched 6 and 2/3 innings, faced 26 batters, allowed 3 runs, two earned, gave up
4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 7;
Losing Pitcher: Revermann pitched 6 innings, faced 31 batters, allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, gave up 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6.
Kimball Highlights: Stacy Hurrle, 2 for 4 with 2 RBI; Lauren Libbesmeier, 2 for 4, 1 run scored; Madison Libbesmeier, 2 for 3,
3 runs scored, 3 RBI, and 3 stolen bases; Raelynn Callander, 1 for 4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, and 3 stolen bases; Katelyn Lichte, 1 for 1,
2 runs scored; Alexis Rose, 1 for 3, 1 run scored; Shelby Schiefelbein, 1 for 1, 1 RBI; Shay Krippner, 1 for 3, 1 run scored, and 1 stolen base.