Wed., June 12, 6:30 p.m., Pearl Lake at St. Wendel Saints
Thurs.-Sun., June 13-16, Highway 55 Tournament
Tues., June 18, 7:30 p.m., Kimball at Eden Valley
Wed., June 19, 6:30 p.m., Farming Flames at Pearl Lake
Wed., June 19, 7:30 p.m., Cold Spring Rockies at Eden Valley
The Kimball Express invaded Watkins Friday, June 7, and pounded the Clippers, 14-3, in a quick, 7-inning game. Express bats erupted for 20 hits. Leading the offensive attack were Jordan Joseph, who went an impressive 5 for 5 with 6 RBI, followed by Adam Beyer, 4 for 5, with a double and home run. Scott and Brian Marquardt added 3 hits apiece, and Brooks Marquardt belted a 3-run homer, aiding the 5-run fourth inning. Kevin Kramer and Dan Berg hit solo home runs for the Clippers. Matt Dingmann picked up the win, going 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 K’s, and no walks.
Despite allowing the Pearl Lake Lakers 13 hits, the Kimball Express found timely hitting of their own to be the difference, as they took the shutout victory, 2-0, Saturday, June 8, at home. Four Express pitchers were able to manage the strong hitting attack from the Lakers and still secure a shutout. Andy Dingmann started and was credited with the win. He received quality relief work from Jordan Joseph in the seventh, Adam Beyer in the eighth, and Ben Johnson in the ninth (who picked up the save). Offensively, Scott and Brian Marquardt each drove in a run for the Express.
Matt Dingmann delivers a pitch and picks up the win for the Kimball Express v Watkins Clippers Friday, June 7, with a score of 14-3. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
June arrived and the Watkins Clippers’ bats were bustin’ out all over. The dominance began on Saturday, June 1, as the Clippers entered and won the Winsted tournament, in 2 games, 9-6 over the Twin Cities Lyon’s Pub Warriors, and 11-0 v the Howard Lake Lakers, in a 5 inning 10-run rule affair.
Watkins jumped out early in game one against the Warriors, tallying 8 runs in the first two innings. After the first five Clippers walked to start the game, the combination of Matt Geislinger’s single, Adam Hiltner’s sacrifice fly, and Kevin Kramer’s base knock, cleared the bases, bringing in all five. Dan Berg doubled to start the second inning, and following a couple of walks, Matt Geislinger belted a 2-run homer, making the lead, 8-0. The Warriors managed a few, scattered runs in the ensuing innings, but the Clips shut them down and held on.
Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Matt Geislinger, 2 for 4, run scored, 3 RBI, home run; Adam Hiltner, 3 for 3, run scored, RBI.
Pitching: Bruce Geislinger, 2 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 K’s; Dan Berg, 4 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 3 Ks, winning pitcher.
Wed., June 5, 6:30 p.m., Eden Valley at Atwater
Wed., June 5, 6:30 p.m., Pearl Lake at Avon Lakers
Wed., June 5, 8 p.m., Watkins at Cold Spring Rockies
Fri., June 7, 6:30 p.m., Eden Valley at St. Augusta
Fri., June 7, 7:30 p.m., Kimball at Watkins
Kimball defeats St. Michael Friday, May 31
Kimball Express played and won its first exhibition game of the season by defeating St Michael Saints 4 – 2 in 10 innings. Express broke open the 2 – 2 tie in the top of the 10th, when Kyle Winter doubled to left center plating home Adam Beyer from third and Scott Marquardt from second which proved to be the winning runs.
Andy Dingmann started on the mound and pitched well. Dingmann took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing 2 runs on 1 hit, 2 K’s, 3 BB, and 1 HP. Aaron Laabs came on to pitch the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, picking the win. Ben Johnson pitched the 10th, picking up the save.