It stopped raining for a while, so the Cubs traveled to Rockford for a conference double-header. Kimball prevailed in game one, 5-4. Joey VonWahlde picked up the win, going five innings, surrendering seven hits and three earned runs. He struck out three, didn’t walk anyone, and Mathias Hennen picked up the save, in one inning of relief. In the Cubs’ 10-hit assault, Hunter Schreifels came up big, with a two-RBI double in the third, giving Kimball the lead. Mitch Klein, Ben Serbus, and Brady Faber all had two hits as well. Game two was controlled by Rockford, as they easily beat the Cubs 8-0, on a one hitter. The Cubs committed four errors that led to four unearned runs.
Friday, May 9, was the next set of games for the Cubs, as they hosted Eden Valley-Watkins. Game one for the Cubs looked a lot like game two against Rockford, as EV-W controlled the game from the very beginning, scoring three in the top of the first. Once again the Cubs’ bats were silenced, managing just two hits, by Schreifels and Faber. The Cubs had another below average defensive performance and committed five errors that led to eight unearned runs. The final score was 13-1, EV-W. In game two the Cubs started to get things back on the right track, playing better baseball. Kimball drew first blood in the top of the first, on a Serbus double that scored Cam Hunt, who had doubled as well. EV-W answered back with two runs in the bottom of the first. The Cubs reclaimed the lead in the second, 5-2, on a two-run long ball by Ben Theisen and an RBI double by Hennen. But Kimball was unable to hold onto the lead, as EV-W would add five more runs and grab the victory, 7-5. The Cubs had seven hits; two by Serbus, and one each by Hunt, Hennen, Theisen, Faber and Jarred Merchant. The 1-3 week brought the Cubs’ record down to 5-5, with a 2-5 record in the conference. The upcoming week is another busy one for Kimball, with five games on the schedule.
Kimball’s Ben Theisen at bat during the first game of a doubleheader v EV-W. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.