Mother Nature has stepped up to the plate again, and the Cubs spring schedule is rapidly turning to confetti. Thus far, Kimball has played only three and postponed eight games.
In the season opener, the Cubs traveled to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to play a non-conference game and won, 5-1. Mathias Hennen got the start on the mound for the Cubs and had a nice outing, going six innings, scattering six hits, walking one, striking out one, and allowing no earned runs. Offensively, the Cubs were led by Cameron Hunt, 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, and Mitch Klein, 2 for 4, with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. “We, as a team, played very good defense, especially considering we didn’t have any practices on a baseball field up to that point,” Coach Adam Beyer said.
Next for the Cubs was the initial conference game of the year, at Howard Lake. Scoring in the top of the first, the Cubs looked like they meant business. Mathias Hennen got things going with a two-out double and Mitch Klein knocked him in, giving the Cubs an early lead. Unfortunately that was the lone bright spot for the Cubs that day. “The Lakers’ bats were just too much for us to contain, as they picked up the 8-1 victory,” said coach Beyer.
The third outing of the year was Kimball’s first home game and another non-conference affair vs. Ogilvie. The Cubs put themselves in an early 8-1 hole, with a couple of defensive mistakes and timely hits by the Lions. But the resilient Cubs clawed their way back and c
aptured the 10-9 win. Seven of the nine starters picked up at least one hit for the Cubs. Mathias Hennen had a 4 for 4 day with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Mitch Klein went 2 for 3 with a double, a homerun and 3 RBI. Brandon Loch also collected multiple hits, going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Hennen got the start and was pulled after four innings, surrendering 9 runs, 6 earned runs, seven hits, and four walks. He also collected an impressive nine strikeouts. Cameron Hunt picked up the win in relief, going three innings allowing no runners and fanning five.
The Kimball clan stands at 2-1, and next week the Cubs could potentially play five games, weather permitting.
High fives for Mitch Klein after his homerun during Cubs vs. Ogilvie. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Friday, April 25, Cubs vs. Ogilvie has senior Mathias Hennen on the mound for the cubs. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.