The Watkins Clippers will host the 2015 Amateur Baseball State Championships, and player representative Dan Berg looks forward to the event. “We are very excited to be given the opportunity to host such a great event.” The Clips’ ballparks will undergo a few cosmetic changes, in preparation for the tournament. “We are changing a few things in the parks, like putting in a grand stand that will seat about 300 people in stadium-seating fashion,” Berg said. Plans include the installation of a deck on the first base side between the dugout and grandstand. There will be block laid from dugout to dugout with a 30-foot netting, to protect fans from foul balls. Also in the works is the purchase of a new scoreboard, which will reside in the same place as the current one. “We know this is going to be a lot of work, but it is a great opportunity for our team and the community,” said Berg.
In 6-1 victory in Central Valley League playoffs
A new job as an accountant in West Des Moines, Iowa, has made Adam Theis’ trek home for a little amateur baseball infrequent.
Theis, in fact, hadn’t played for the Kimball Express since June 15, which coincided with starting his new job after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
The four-plus-hour drive to Kimball was definitely worth it Sunday, July 21.
Theis pitched the Express to a 6-1 Central Valley League South Division playoff victory over the Eden Valley Hawks.
“It’s a big game to go to regions so I came up for it,” said Theis, a St. Cloud Cathedral graduate.
Theis struck out five, walked one and scattered seven hits. While he wasn’t overpowering, he was aided by three double plays, including two unconventional ones.
The Clippers stayed alive in the playoffs with an 11-inning victory over Cold Spring last weekend, 7-2. The Rockies scored the first two runs of the game in the fourth and fifth, to grab the lead, but the Clippers answered back with one in the sixth, on an RBI-single by Brendan Ashton, scoring Adam Hiltner, who earlier walked to start the inning. Then after a lead-off eighth-inning single by Adam Hiltner, Grant Warren’s RBI base hit tied the game at 2 apiece. After a couple of ensuing, blank innings, the Clippers exploded for 5 in the 11th inning, sealing the 7-2 decision. The flurry began with a pair of back-to-back singles, ultimately putting runners on first and third base. Bryan Benson plated Ashton on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt. The Clips added 4 more runs on hits by Hiltner, Kevin Kramer, and Grant Warren. Matt Geislinger was on the mound and went the first 10, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 16 Ks, and T.J. Frericks came in to shut the door. The Clippers advance to play on Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m., v the winner of Cold Spring and St. Augusta.
Express down Saints Wednesday, July 17
Kimball Express defeated the Dassel-Cokato Saints in exhibition play 6-4 in Dassel. Andy
Dingmann picked up the pitching win, scattering 11 hits of 6 innings of work. Aaron Laabs came on in a relief role and retired all six batters he faced in order. Jordan Joseph pitched the ninth picking up the save.
Offensively, the Express were led by Brian Marquardt 3-5, 2 B followed by Scott Marquardt 2-5, 2 RBI and Joseph 2-5, 1 RBI.
The Marty Mudcats 14U Softball team entered the State Tournament held in Rosemount on July 20-21. The tournament was set up as a double elimination tournament with 20 total teams.
The Mudcats played Chanhassen Blizzard in the first round of the tournament. The Mudcats took an inning to get settled in their surroundings and scored six runs in the second inning and continued with two runs in the 4th and 5th inning. The defense and pitching held the Blizzard to two runs and led the Mudcats to the first victory of the tournament by a score of 10-2. Madi Libbesmeier earned the win on the mound and went 3-3 with a double, triple, two RBI’s and a run scored and Lauren Libbesmeier went 3-3 with a run scored.