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4-- Pa00e 12 Sports 4. Leisure Thursday, May 27, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Softball teamadvances to semifinals, finals Central Minn. Conf. girls' golf Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins {K-EV-W) placings: Pierz Golf Course was theiocation Thursday, May 20, for the last CMC match for this year. Second place was Erin Dingmann-K-EV-W at 245. Other K-EV-W scor- ings were Paiten Schreiner at 290, Kelly Mackereth a't 299,and Chelsey maus at 305. Team scorings are: Rockford, first place at 178 K-EV-W, second place at 178 Osakis, third place at 184 Pierz, fourth place at 201 B-B-E, fifth place at 208 Maple Lake, sixth place at 210 Howard Lake-Waverly, seventh place at 234 In the. final results, Erin Dingmann of K-EV-W was the medalist with score of 39.. The Kimball Cubs softball team following their quarterfinal win over Swanville May 21. The Cubs went on to defeat the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles .Tuesday night, May 25, in the semi-finals, and will face Osakis Thursday afternoon, May 27, for Section 5A West champion status. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. By Gary Riess, Coach The Kimball softball team won its' quarterfinal playof game Fri- day, May 21, and now moves into the Subsection 5A West semifi- nals for the first time since 2003. The Cubs prevailed in an intense contest against Swanville by a 5-2 score. Swanville jumped out to.a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings. The Cubs stranded two baserdnners in each of the first two innings, but couldn't score. The third inning started with Tiffany Berscheid sin- gling. Tesslynn Callander walked, and then Megan Gardiffg dou- bled to left scoring Berscheid'. Cal- lander scored on a passed ball to tie the game. The Cubs took a 3-2 lead when Garding scored on the back end of a double steal, when Megan Libbesmeier stole second. In the fourth inning, Erin Gil- patrick and Shantel Tschida walked. Callander singled in Gil- patrick, and then Tschida scored on a passed ball to make the score 5-2. Kimball pitcher Megan Lib- besmeier and the Cubs defense then took over, holding the Bull- dogs scoreless for the rest of the game. Swanville was stymied by good pitching, as Megan Lib- besmier pitched a 6-hitter, with eight strikeouts and two walks. Big defensive plays were turned in by Megan Garding who started an inning-ending double play, and Tesslynn Callander, with an assist from Natalie Stein, picked a run- ner off third in the sixth, to end a Swanville threat. In the game, Tiffany Berscheid was 2-4 with a run scored, Tess- iP "  .... """ "" .,  :::: ::i.ii::ik Kimball 12U softball Sunday, May 16, Kimball hosted its first 12-and-under fastpitch tournament. The tournament con- sisted of six teams: Kimball, Litch- field, Cold Spring, St. Michael- Albertville, and two Maple Lake teams. Kimball played the first round and lost to Litchfield 5:11. With the nerves out of the way, Kim- ball found their composure and started the battle in the loser's bracket. They beat Maple Lake 2 by a score of 15-7, to advance to the next round. Here Kimball met up with Litchfield again, who earlier had lost to Maple Lake 1. Kimball entered the top of the seventh, tied at a score of 7-7. Kimball scored one run to take the lead, and held litchfield in the bottom half of the inning to take the win 8-7. Kim- ball then beat Cold Spring 17-12 to advance to the championship. In the qhampionship game, a tired Kimball team met up with a well- rested Maple Lake 1 team and lost 1-10 to earn a second-place finish. The girls showed a lot of effort and endurance, while playing a long day and showing a nice perfor- scored and an RBI, and Megan Garding was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Megan Libbesmeier was the wininng pitcher for the Cubs. The Kimball team now moves into the semifinals, which will be played Tuesday, May 25, at Minnewaska High School. The Cubs semifinal opponent will be EV-W, who defeated Browerville in their quarterfinal game. The other semifinal will pit B-B-E versus top- seeded Osakis also atMinnewaska. Both games start at 5 p.m. in Glen- wood. The Section 5A west cham- pionship game will be Thursday, May 27, at the same location. UPDATE: The Cubs indeed won their game Tuesday against EV-W with a score of 3-2. They will play Osakis at Minewaska 3 p.m. Thursday for the title of Section 5A lynn Callander was 1-2 with a run West champions. mance on their hometown fields. The players on this team included: Denzel Atherton, Bailey Bersc- held, Becky Holtz, Shay Krippner, Tashi Kunkel, Ariel Laabs, Lau- ren Libbesmeier, Madison Lib- besmeier, Hedy Robben, Amanda Roerick, Kaitlyn Truenow, Mon- tana Tschida, and Emily Utecht. We would like to thank all the players, parents, and fans for their support. Thank you to the Kimball 12U parents in helping clean up the field and grounds prior to and after the tournament. Thank you to the people that helped with field maintenance before and through- out the day. Thank you to B & N Signs for making up the T-shirts, and thank you to Kimball Com- munity Education for the use of the field and to the Kimball Sports Boosters for helping with conces- sion stands. This group of girls is look- ing forward to additional tourna- ments and league play. With the experience of the five games this weekend, tlZiese girls will continue to improve their skills and level of play. Sophomore Erin Dingmann was the final medalist after the last Central Minnesota Conference golf match of the year. (This photo was taken at the Kimball Invitational last month.) Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.