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DGI flr s-) Thursday, July 25, 2013 ....... Adam Theis makes rare appearance, v. Hawks in 6-1 victory in Central Valley League playoffs Adam Theis had a four-plus-hour commute back to his new home in West Des Moines after pitching a winning game for the Kimball Express against the Eden Valley Hawks in the CVL playoffs Sunday, July 21. The Express, in their brand-new, engine-red uniforms, will next play Saturday, July 27, in the 15C tourna- ment in Cold Spring. Staff photo by Anton Matua. It arge- m JR Harvest Bank checkcardholders enjoy • All Privileged Status°" ATMs, look for this logo: Visit our website, www.harvestbankmn.com or www for the Privileged Status®'- ATM Iocator. 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Of the Theis, in fact, hadn't played for 13 hits~ there were three doubles the Kimball Express since June 15, and a triple by Joseph. which coincided with starting his Kimball took a 2-0 first-inning new job after he graduated from lead and built it to 3-0 after two. the University of Wisconsin-Plat- The Express added single runs in teville, the fifth, sixth and eighth innings The four-plus-hour drive to off Heath Kramer, who went the Kimball was definitely worth it distance, striking out one, walk- Sunday, July 21. ing four and allowing four earned Theis pitched the Express to a runs. 6-1 Central Valley League South The Hawks made four errors Division playoff victory over the and probably ran themselves out Eden Valley Hawks. of a big inning in the fourth, when "It's a big game to go to regions they scored once. After Joe Thiel's so I came up for it," said Theis, a lead-off walk, Mike Arnold hit a St. Cloud Cathedral graduate, mammoth shot to right-center Theis struck out five, walked field that Brooks Marquardt made one and scattered seven hits. a nice running catch on. Thiel was While he wasn't overpowering, he almost on third when the catch was aided by three double plays, was made and was doubled off including two unconventionalfirst. ones. Kimball third-baseman Ben "He got hisfour games in Johnson also had a nice diving after he graduated from college, catch in the fifth on a line shot by from Memorial Day weekend toThiel. Johnson then tagged out June 15," Kimball manager Tom Gary Peters, the runner on third, Marquardt said. "We ain't seen though Peters disputes he was out. him since." "Defense is definitely key to Eden Valley saw plenty of him making it in the playoffs," Theis Sunday. And while the Hawks got said. "I don't think we had an error their hits, they couldn't string any- and we definitely made some nice thing together for multiple runs. plays." "Our hitters hit him," Eden Val- Geislinger agreed. ley manager Birdie Geislinger said. "There are three things you "We hung in there, need this time of year," he said. "But he's definitely a good "You can't make errors. You have pitcher." to play good mental ball. And The victory assures Kim- sometimes, a little luck helps, too. ball (16-8) a berth in the Region "I felt that we hit the ball very 15C tournament in Cold Spring. The well, but we didn't have the other Express have a divisional seedings parts (physical and mental errors game Saturday. In the meantime, and luck)." they get to see who wins between Theis said the decision to come Luxemburg and Eden Valley onback for the playoffs wasn't hard. Wednesday, July24. "I've been playing with these Those two play at a site to be guys four or five years now," he determined. It's Luxemburg's call said. "The drive's worth it. and it needs to be at a lighted field, "I'm good friends with all these which Luxemburg doesn't have. guys. That makes it worth it." Luxemburg beat St. Nicholas 11-1 EDEN VALLEY - Dan Sar- Sunday, July 21. The Luxemburg- gent 2-4 3B, Joe Thiel 1-3 BB, Josh Eden Valley winner earns a berth Schumacher 1-3, Heath Kramer in Region 15C. 2-3, Matthew Pennertz 1-3 RBI BB, The loser still has a chance to GaryPetersl-32B;LP-KramerIP-8 play in the regional, but must beat H-13 R-6 ER-4 BB-4 SO-1. the third-seeded team from one KIMBALL - Ben Johnson 1-4 division of the Corn Belt League RBI SF, Brooks Marquardt 2-5 R at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in 2B, Adam Beyer 1-5 R, Scott Mar- Watkins. quardt 2-3 R RBI BB-2 SB-2, Brian Kimball had cruised to the Cen- Marquardt 2-4 2B RBI-3 SF, Jordan tral Valley South title with a 12-3 Joseph 2-4 3B, Adam Theis 2-4 R-2 record, but two of those losses had 2B, Austin Ruehle 1-3; WP-Theis been to Eden Valley. The Hawks, in IP-7 H-7 R-1 ER-1 BB-1 SO-5, Joseph fact, had beaten Kimball five times IP-1 H-1 R-0 ER-0 BB-0 SO-1, John- in a row dating to last season. The son IP-1 H-0 R-0 ER-0 BB-1 SO-2. Express won the one that mat- Families Children www.imagesbymarguerite.com