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Thursday, June 13, 2013 Tri-C ww.tricountynews.mn Page 7 ]]nlrNnll Express dominate weekend, win two By Pat Garry, Staff writer to be the difference, as they took The Kimball Express invaded the shutout victory, 2-0, Satur- Watkins Friday, June 7, and day, June 8, at home. Four Express pounded the Clippers, 14-3, in pitchers were able to manage the a quick, 7-inning game. Express strong hitting attack from the Lak- bats erupted for 20 hits. Leading ers and still secure a shutout. Andy the offensive attack were Jordan Dingmann started and was cred- Joseph, who went an impressive ited with the win. He received 5 for 5 with 6 RBI, followed by quality relief work from Jordan Adam Beyer, 4 for 5, with a dou- Joseph in the seventh,Adam Beyer ble and home run. Scott and Brian in the eighth, and Ben Johnson Marquardt added 3 hits apiece, in the ninth (who picked up the and Brooks Marquardt belted a save). Offensively, Scott and Brian 3-run homer, aiding the 5-run Marquardt each drove in a run for fourth inning. Kevin Kramer and the Express. Dan Berg hit solo home runs for Winding up a busy weekend, the Clippers. Matt Dingmann the Express welcomed the Cold picked up the win, going7 innings, Spring Rockies on Sunday, June allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 K's, and 9, and were handed a 7-1 loss. no walks. The Express hopes for a weekend Despite allowing the Pearl Lake sweep were crushed quickly, as the Lakers 13 hits, the Kimball Express Rockies jumped out early, scoring found timely hitting of their own 6 runs in the first 3 innings. The Watkins Clippers take one, give one By Pat Garry, Staff writer Sunday brought a breath of The Watkins Clippers had fresh air to the Clippers, as they another busy weekend, losing to dusted off the bats and put up Kimball, 14-3, on Friday night, a 5-spot in the fourth, assuring June 7, and beating Luxemburg, the ultimate victory over Luxem- 9-4, on Sunday afternoon, June 9. burg. The Clips' 9-4 win ended The Kimball affair was a tough one their 2-game skid and kept them to swallow, as the Clippers were at a respectable 5-5 overall mark. thumped in a 7-inning contest. Kevin Kramer's base hit started After a first-inning Kevin Kramer the Clippers out on the right foot, home run, Watkins' hopes were and Matt Geislinger's sacrifice fly soon subverted, as that would be later plated him. Adam Hiltner the last time the Clips would hold and Brendan Ashton teamed up the lead. The Express steamed in the third inning, singling, dou- up fast, scoring 2 in the second, bling and scoring run number 2. 2 in the third, and 5 in the fourth, In their half of the fourth inning, stretching the lopsided advan- Luxemburg tied the game at two, tage to 9-1. The Clippers managed but Watkins came storming back a couple of more runs, thanks to with a "fin" in the bottom half, on a pair of doubles by Miah Kramer a two-out rally. Following a very and Dan Berg, who also pounded costly Brewers' boot, Bryan Ben- a sixth-inning solo shot. Kimball son and Kevin Kramer singled, put the Clippers out of their mis- and Adam "Hiltner doubled, end- ery in the seventh, posting 3 more ing the roller coaster ride at five. runs and slamming the door. The Clippers would add two more Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 1 for 3, runs in the ensuing innings, on a home run; Dan Berg, 2 for 3, home Dan Ber.g double and a solid base run, double; Miah Kramer, 2 for 3, hit by Grant Warren, double, RBI. Next up for the Clippers is the Pitching: Matt Geislinger, Highway 55 Tournament in Wat- (Loss) 4 innings, 12 hits, 9 runs, kins, which gets under way at 9 earned, 2 walks, 6 K's; Bruce 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, v Geislinger, 3 innings, 8 hits, Litchfield. (See brackets at right.) 5 runs, 5 earned, 3 walks, 4 K's. Clippers' #8 Adam Hiltner hits the ball hard but the Express defense makes a good play for an Out.Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. I Basement Wm~nfing B a~ment l-lumidi~ & Mold Control I I Basement Finishing Slab and Sidewalk Lifting I I Basement Structural Repairs. & Crawl Spa= RepairI ALL of three sudden onslaught was too over- whelming and the Express just couldn't recover. Rockies pitcher Chris Lardy held the Kimball hit- ters in check, allowing only 6 hits. Aaron Laabs started on the mound for the Express and took the loss. He was relieved by Mathies Hen- nen in the third and Matt Ding- mann in the eighth. The Express record stands at 11-2 overall and 10-2 in the'Central Valley League South. Next up for the Express is the Third Annual Highway 55 Tourna- ment, June 13-16. Locations will be at Eden Valley, Watkins, and Kimball. Follow the link for brack- ets and this year's 16-team tour- nament information www.mn baseball.org/News/678. Come out and watch some good amateur baseball. Admission is always free. LOCAL AMATEUR BASEBALL 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 Fri.-Sun., June 21-23, Watkins at Arlington Tournament Sat., June 22, 3 p.m., Browntown at Kimball Sun., June 23, 2 p.m., St. Nicholas Nicks at Pearl Lake Wed., June 26, 7:30 p.m., Cold Spring Rockies at Kimball Fri., June 28, 7:30 p.m., Pearl Lake at Cold Spring Rockies Fri., June 28, 7:30 p.m., St. Augusta at Watkins ~.~ Sat., June 29, 4 p.m., Bird Island at Kimball ~ii~~ Sun., June 30, 2 p.m., Eden Valley at Watkins Sun., June 30, 2 p.m., Kimball at St. Nicholas Sun., June 30, 2 p.m., Pearl Lake at Luxemburg Brewers Wed., July 3, 7:30 p.m., Richmond Royals at Eden Valle,, Fri., July 5, 7:30 p.m., Luxemburg Brewers at Eden Vail Sun., July 7, 2 p.m., Cold Spring Rockies at Pearl Lake Sun., July 7, 2 p.m., Watkins at St. Augusta Hawks: www.edenvaUeyhawks.com , Express: kimballexpress.com Lakers: www.mnbasebaU.org/Team/pearUakelakers Clippers: www.mnbaseball.org/Team/watkinsclippers Clippers lack timely hitting, lose to Rockies By Pat Garry, Staff writer Watkins got on the board in the Clips' bid for a ninth-inning come- The Watkins Clippers dropped fourth inning when Ryan Tri dou- back was quashed, when Matt a tough one under the lights bled and scored on a Bryan Ben- Geislinger went down swinging on Wednesday, June 5, at Cold Spring, son base hit. But Cold Spring a bases-jammed, 3-2 count. Next, 8-5. Unable to produce timely answered back in the bottom, of Watkins hosts Kimball on Friday, hits, the Clips stranded 17 men on the frame with three more runs, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. the base paths, and on the gloves thanks again to a couple of walks Hitting: Kevin Kramer, 4 for 5, side, they carelesslythrewtheball and a boot. Keeping with therun scored, RBI; Adam Hiltner, around the diamond, committing game's trend, the Rockies picked 3 for 6, 2 RBI; Tyler Long, 2 for 5; five errors, up two more in the fifth, on a walk Ryan Tri, 1 for 4, 3 runs scored. The Rockies drew first blood in and two more errors, making the Pitching: Kevin Kramer, the second, on a pair of walks and score 8-1. Watkins managed a run 3 2/3 innings, 6 runs, 2 earned, a sacrifice fly. They took advan- in the sixth, on a single by Adam 1 hit, 6 walks, 1 K; Dan Berg, tage of two more bases on balls Hiltner, and a couple of more in 4 1/3 innings, 2 runs, 0 earned, and two Clippers' errors, add- the eighth, on safeties by Kevin 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 K's. ing two more runs in the third. Kramer and Adam Hiltner. The 3rd Annual Highway 55 Tournament June 13, 14, 15, 16 Eden Valley t at EV 7:30pro Sat., June 15Sartell Muskies Sat., June Z5 at Kim 11:00am at Kim 1:15pm CS Springers I Fri., June 14 at EV 6:30pro New Munich Kimball Fri., June 14 at Kirn 6:30pro Sun., June 16 at Kirn ll:OOam Sun., June 16 at Wat ll:00am Sun., June 16 at Kim 3:30pro Sat., June 15Sartell Stone Ponys Sat., June 15 at Kim 3:30pro at Kim 5:45pm Hibbing Sat,, June 15 at Wat 11:00am Heron Lake Watkins Thur., June 13 at Wat 7:30 prn Sat., June 15 Litchfield at Wat l:15prn Clear Lake | -- J FrL, June 14 / at war 6:30pro Sun., June 17 St. Augusta at Kirn l:lSprn Rochester Royals Fri., June 14 at EV 8:30pro Sat., June 15 Ft. Ripley at Wat 3:30pro Owatonna t Fri., June 14 t at Wat 8:30pro Champlin Sun., June 16 at Wat 3:30prn Sat., June 15 at Wat S:45pm Sun., June 17 at Wat l:15prn Sat., June 15 at Wat 8pm FREE admission for ALL GAMES!