The Watkins Clippers won their first three games in the June 13-16 Hwy. 55 Tournament, by a total of three runs, defeating Litchfield, 4-3; St. Augusta, 3-2; and Owatonna, 1-0. The championship game was called in the top of the fourth inning, because of rain, and the Clippers were awarded the co-championship, along with the Cold Spring Springers.
Game number one v the Litchfield Blues on Thursday, June 13, started off a little rocky for the Clippers, who gave up a 3-0 lead through the first five innings. The Clips answered back, taking the lead in the sixth, with four runs, on back-to-back singles by Kevin Kramer and Adam Hiltner. Following an RBI single by Dan Berg, an RBI single by Miah Kramer, and later in the inning, a Ryan Tri RBI double, the Clippers would hold on for the win. Matt Geislinger slammed the door shut, relieving Bruce Geislinger, who picked up the win, in a great pitching performance, giving up just one earned run.
The Watkins Clippers dropped a tough one under the lights Wednesday, June 5, at Cold Spring, 8-5. Unable to produce timely hits, the Clips stranded 17 men on the base paths, and on the gloves side, they carelessly threw the ball around the diamond, committing five errors.
The Rockies drew first blood in the second, on a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly. They took advantage of two more bases on balls and two Clippers’ errors, adding two more runs in the third. Watkins got on the board in the fourth inning when Ryan Tri doubled and scored on a Bryan Benson base hit. But Cold Spring answered back in the bottom of the frame with three more runs, thanks again to a couple of walks and a boot. Keeping with the game’s trend, the Rockies picked up two more in the fifth, on a walk and two more errors, making the score 8-1. Watkins managed a run in the sixth, on a single by Adam Hiltner, and a couple of more in the eighth, on safeties by Kevin Kramer and Adam Hiltner. The Clips’ bid for a ninth-inning comeback was quashed, when Matt Geislinger went down swinging on a bases-jammed, 3-2 count. Next, Watkins hosts Kimball on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m.
The Watkins Clippers had another busy weekend, losing to Kimball, 14-3, on Friday night, June 7, and beating Luxemburg, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon, June 9. The Kimball affair was a tough one to swallow, as the Clippers were thumped in a 7-inning contest. After a first-inning Kevin Kramer home run, Watkins’ hopes were soon subverted, as that would be the last time the Clips would hold the lead. The Express steamed up fast, scoring 2 in the second, 2 in the third, and 5 in the fourth, stretching the lopsided advantage to 9-1. The Clippers managed a couple of more runs, thanks to a pair of doubles by Miah Kramer and Dan Berg, who also pounded a sixth-inning solo shot. Kimball put the Clippers out of their misery in the seventh, posting 3 more runs and slamming the door.
Clippers’ #8 Adam Hiltner hits the ball hard but the Express defense makes a good play for an out. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
The Kimball 12U Fastpitch Softball team took home Second Place in the Silver Division at the Anoka Ramsey Dirt Devil Tournament that took place the first weekend of June.
The team is pictured with their coaches: back row (left to right) coaches Shawn Boyer, Glenn Schindele, and Roger Utecht; In front of coaches are Danielle Lyrek, Krista Loch, Bree Gehrke, Katie Decknatel, Madaline Gustafson, Kaitli Wicker, and Tori Harren; second row from front (seated) are Rachel Merten, Ashley Schindele, Julia Zipoy, Rachel Utecht, and Justice Boyer; front row Emily Tadych and Haley Robben. Submitted photo.
Saturday, June 1, the Marty Mudcats 14U Fastpitch team participated in the River City Showdown tournament held in Monticello. There were eight teams participating in the tournament and the first place finisher earns a berth to the 2013 National NAFA Fastpitch Tournament.
Marty played two games for pool play to start the tournament.
First off, Marty faced Alexandria the first round and came out swinging away. Marty scored 3 runs in the first inning, 5 runs in the third inning and 2 runs in the fourth inning. Kimball’s defense was solid and pitching was consistent between Emily Utecht and Anna Donnay. Becky Holtz was 2-2 with a run scored and 2 RBI’s, and Madi Libbesmeier was 3-3 with a double and 2 runs scored.
The Marty Mudcats take First Place at the River City Showdown held in Monticello. Members of the team participating at tournament, from left to right, in back, Coach Mary Libbesmeier, Payton Hanson, Anna Donnay, Emily Utecht, Hedy Robben, Ariel Laabs, and Coach Shannon Miller. In front are Alexa Ruehle, Lauren Libbesmeier, Maddison Libbesmeier, Shay Krippner, and Tashi Kunkel. Not Pictured: Becky Holtz. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.