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Thursday, August 1, 2013 Tri-Coun News www.tricountynews.mn Kimball 12U girls take third The Kimball 12U Girls Fastpitch Team took home third-place med- als at the Minnesota Metro Fast- pitch League Rec. State Tourna- ment held this past weekend in Buffalo. This tournament marks the end of a successful season in which the team finished tied for first in , Sports fd Leisure Page 9 regular season play, with a record of 20 wins and only 4 losses. The girls received many compliments on their positive attitudes and good sportsmanship this year. Both play- ers and their fans were excellent representatives of the Kimball com- munity. Express drops seeding game to Hawks Eden Valley Hawks defeated the Kimball Express 5-4 in the final seeding game of the CVL South Playoffs, Saturday, July 27. With the loss, the Express will enter the 11C Regional Tournament as the #2 seed. The Hawks jumped out early scoring 3 runs in the first two innings. The Express battled back with scoring single runs in the sec- ond and third innings. With the Hawks holding a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, Brooks Marquardt changed that with one swing of the bat, going deep with a 2-run home run to left center. Hawks managed to come up with 2 runs in the top of the ninth on a hit batsman, 2 infield hits, and an error to gain the 5-4 victory. Matt Dingmann started on the mound, after giving up 3 early runs, settled down to pitch a nice game. Dingmann's stats read 8 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 2 HE Ben John- son pitched the ninth inning, tak- ing the loss. Offensively, the Express were led by Brooks Marquardt 1-4, 2 R HR, 3 RBI. Game Totals: 123 456 789 RH E Hawks 210 000 002 5 112 Express 011 000 200 4 5 2 Record stands at 17- 8 overall. Next up for the Express is the 11C Region Tournament in Cold Spring Friday Aug. 2 v Milroy 7:30 p.m. start. The Kimball 12U Girls Fastpitch Team are, from left to right, in front row, Krista Loch, Justice Boyer, Rachel Utecht, Bree Gehrke, and Dani Lyrek. In middle row are Julia Zipoy, Haley Robben, Ashley Schindele, Kaitli Wicker, Madaline Gustafson, and Tori Harren. In back are coaches Roger Utecht, Glenn Schindele, and Shawn Boyer. Players not pictured are Emily Tadych, Erin O'Brien, and Rachel Merten. Submitted photo. Marty Mudcats compete at Nationals By Mary Libbesmeier, coach Marty Mudcats competed in the NAFA 14U Fastpitch National Tournament held in Eden Prairie, Minn. There were 68 teams com- peting in the tournament. The team participated in three pool- play games to arrange which divi- sion to play in, to compete in the double-elimination tournament. This was to determine the cham- pionship in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Division. The Mudcats went 2-1 in pool play. They beat Hastings Gold 8-7, lost to Champlin Park Rebels 10-1, and won over Maple River 5-0. With the top 20 teams advanc- ing to the Gold Division, the Mud- cats found themselves heading to the Gold. The tie breakers were decided on runs allowed and the Mudcats gave up only 17 runs in three games. The Mudcats played their hardest in all the games, and carried the ethical portion of com- petition with them through the whole tournament. Marty entered the double- elimination tournament with a tough draw against MN Stars 1998. Marty held the Stars at 1-0 for the first two innings, but the Stars sur- faced and had a big third inning, scoring 9 runs. Marty lost 0-10 to the MN Stars 98, who eventu- ally worked their way through the bracket and won the Gold Divi- sion. Marty, entering the loser bracket, faced Kishwaukee Val- ley Storm out of Illinois. The game turned into a slug fest with Marty scoring 4 in the first inning and the Storm answered with 3. Marty responded with 3 runs in the sec- ond inning, and the Storm then answered with 4 runs. The game is tied entering the third inning at 7-7. The Mudcats didn't score in the third inning, but the Storm put one more across the plate that inning to take the lead 8-7. The Mudcats came back with one run in the 4th to tie it up, but the storm answered with 2 runs in the fifth. The Mudcats couldn't answer to the last two runs and lost 8-10. The Mudcats had a great tour- nament and exposure while com- peting against some top teams. Every one of the players stepped up their game and showed where their potential could go in addi- tion to all the opportunities that lie out there. Not only did they com- pete as a team, they also learned the importance of team work, pos- itive attitudes, support, and the importance of never giving up. Very proud of these girls and their accomplishments! Mudcats earn fifth place at State By Mary Libbesmeier, coach The Marty Mudcats 14U Soft- ball team entered the State Tour- nament held in Rosemount on July 20-21. The tournament was set up as a double elimination tourna- ment with 20 total teams. The Mudcats played Chanhas- sen Blizzard in the first round of the tournament. The Mudcats took an inning to get settled in their sur- roundings and scored six runs in the second inning and continued with two runs in the fourth and fifth inning. The defense and pitch- ing held the Blizzard to two runs and led the Mudcats to the first vic- tory 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. The Mudcats moved on to play North Area Red and took a one-run lead only to be answered by North Area scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Marty held North Area scoreless and threatened to score both in the second and third innings but left the runners on the bases, however, they scored one run Matt Dingmann slides home safely for the Express during the seeding game v Eden Valley Hawks. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. cvs2 Kimball 2013 Region 11C Baseball Toumament Hostsd by Cold Spring 7:30 PM [ I (H) CBI MilroyO7 Aug. 4 I(H) CVS3 2:30 PMI July 27 ] Luxemburg I (H) Cm G= Aug. 3 1 11:OOAM I (HI CVNt Watkms Gll Aug. 10 4:00 PM cB2Bird Island G3 Aug. 3 ] 1:30 PMJ (H) CVold G8 Spnng (H) CVm Ju27 ...... [ Raymond CB4 04 Aug. 3 ] 4:oo P I (H) (H) cvsl Eden Valley Aug.4 5:00 PM G14 Aug. 11 2:30 I'M (H) L-Qa (tt) L-GI G9 Aug. 10 1 G5 AUg.3' l ..... 11:OOAM I I , S:3O I I l I..2 G12 AUg. 10 L-G3 6:30 PM / Aug.4 / l ,2:0qPM10 .t0 I " Ira3 .11 (H) L34 1:30 PMJ(H) t2:00PM (1t) L-G7 Notes: (11) L-G11 * Top 3 lmrns adVmlOe to the State Tournament (The two teams In the championship game, and the loser of game 13 * Teems =m required to be =,t the field t hour before the scheduled game tme Tetans must enter and leave the playing field In full unlfl)ffn in the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead 3-2. North Area again answered back with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Entering the top of the 7th inning, Marty came out ready to win the game and scored two runs to take the lead 5-3 and held North Area in the bottom of the inning for the win. Madi Libbesmeier earned the win with 7 strikeouts and went 2-4 at the plate with one RBI. Lauren Libbesmeier went 3-3 with an RBI and a run scored, Ariel Laabs went 1-4 with a double, and Amanda Roerick went 1-2 with 2 runs scored. The Mudcats entered the third game of the day meeting up against Forest Lake Maroon. After four innings of play, the score was tied at 4-4. Marty broke the game open scoring 5 runs in the sixth inning and three in the sev- enth. Forest Lake started rallying scoring two runs in the seventh inning, but Marty shut the door for the victory holding them for a final score of 12-6. Madi Libbesmeier earned the win pitching all seven innings, striking out six, and giv- ing up zero walks. Madi also went 2-4 with a run scored, Anna Don- nay went 4-4 with 3 runs scored, Becky Holtz went 3-4 with a dou- ble and one RBI, and Ariel Laabs went 2-4 with a double. rotary) 315 Aug. 11 5:00 PM Region 11C Cotn flip for Champion Home Team L-G14 The Mudcats, one of eight teams left in the 20-team tourna- ment, entered Sunday morning having to wait almost two hours for a rain delay and faced a tal- ented opponent Chisago Lakes. Marty had a tough start to the game and gave up 5 runs in the first inning. The Mudcats started chip- ping away in the third inning and scored two runs bringing the score to 2-5 and scored two more in the fifth inning. The Mudcats couldn't bring any more runs across the plate in the next two innings and ended the game losing by a score of 4-5. It was a competitive game Mudeats/To page 11