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Kimball 14U girls take second in state By Mary Libbesmeier, coach The 14U Kimball Softball team participated in the Class D State Tournament this weekend held in Monticello. There were 11 teams in the double-elimination tourna- ment. Kimball's first opponent was Becker, and after a delayed start to the game, Kimball came out and scored one run in each of the first two innings and exploded for 10 runs in the third inning to end the game by the run rule of 12-0. Emily Utecht pitched all three innings, striking out six batters. The next opponent was Monticello, and again Kimball's bats stayed hot while also tak- ing advantage of some errors, and marked 6 runs in the second inning. Kimball scored another .run in the third inning, and four more runs in the fourth inning. Lauren Libbesmeier pitched all five innings and held Monticello to three runs on three hits for an end- ing score of 11-3. Kimball moved on to play MN Dynamite. Kimball scored two runs in the first inning and another run in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead through the game. Kimball's defense and pitching were solid, holding them to only scoring one run in the fifth inning. Kimball added two insur- ance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and held on to secure the win by a score of 5-1. The pitching duties were shared by Lauren Lib- besmeier, striking out four batters in four and one-thirds innings, and Madi Libbesmeier striking out two batters in one and two-thirds innings. Kimball prepared to play its fourth game of the dayin the semi- final round facing Detroit Lakes. These two teams battled, and Kim- ball threatened with base runners every inning of the game, but the game remained scoreless until the fourth iming. Kimball led off the inning with a single from Becky Holtz, and Amanda Roer- ick walked. The runners advanced on a pass ball. Tashi Kunkel earned an RBI on a ground out to first base, and Lauren Libbes- meier knocked in the second run on a base hit. Kimball's defense and pitching remained strong and allowed only three base runners in the game. Madi Libbesmeier con- trolled the mound, striking out 14 batters and not allowing any walks in the seven inning shutout. Kimball advanced to the champi- onship, beating Detroit Lakes 2-0. On Sunday, July 29, being the undefeated team, Kimball needed to wait and see who came through the losers' bracket to find out who their opponent would be. Detroit Lakes beat Perham to work their way 'back to the champion- ship round. Kimball jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Detroit Lakes answered back tak- ,ing advantage of an error and scored a run to bring the score 2-1 after two innings. Detroit Thursday, August 9, 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 10, 7 pro. Saturday. August 11 Thursday, August 2, 2012 Tri-County News Kimb, MN this game. Kimball lost the game 3-5. Madi Libbesmeier pitched all seven innings striking out five and giving up two walks. Because of being the unde- feated team, Kimball needed to lose twice so the team moved on to the second championship game. Again, both teams battled offen- sively with Detroit Lakes, scoring 1 run in the top of the first inning and Kimball, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning for a score of 2-1. Detroit Lakes scored 4 runs in the third inning and Kimball countered with two runs of their own and finding them- selves down by one run with a score of 4-5 after three innings. Kimball competed every inning defensively and offensively but Detroit Lakes was able to make the defensive plays in clutch situations and came through with five more runs through the rest of the game. Kimball never gave up and added two more runs in the bottom ot the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough and lost 6-10. Lauren Lib- besmeier took the loss, striking out six batters and walking one. Kim- ball proudly earned second place in Class D State Tournament! This team has improved theii skills and game play, taking it to the next level over the course of the summer. The record for the season was 31-5. The players on this team are: Bailey Berscheid, Anna Don- nay, Becky Holtz, Shay Krippner, Tashi Kunkel, Ariel Laabs, Lau- ren Libbesmeier, Madi Libbes- meier, Katelynn Loehrer, Hedy Robben, Amanda Roerick, Alexa Ruehle, Montana Tschida, and Emily Utecht. The team is coached by Mary Libbesmeier, Rhonda Lib- besmeier, and Shannon Miller. Lakes added another two runs in the third. Kimball scored one run in the sixth, and Detroit Lakes secured the win with two runs in the top of the seventh. Kimball threatened to score every inning of the game, but couldn't get the hit with runners in scoring posi- tion and stranded 12 runners dur- ing the game. Kimball played solid defense and Kimball's catcher Ariel Laabs threw out two run- ners stealing second base during Road closures begin Aug. 7 Highway 22 road closures planned from Richmond to Eden Valley Motorists will encounter detours, flaggers and delays on Highway 22 between Richmond and Eden Valley as segments of the road close beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7. Work will begin on the south end of the project. Highway 22 will close between Hutcheson Avenue andthe north Highway 22/Stearns County Road 9 junction Tuesday, Aug. 7. A detour will direct motor- ists along Stearns County Road 9. This segment of road is scheduled to reopen byWednesday, Aug. 15. Highway 22 will then close between the north junction of Highway 22/Stearns County Road 9 and Highway 23. A detour will direct motorists along Stearns County Road 43 and Highway 23. All lanes will reopen by the end of September, weather permitting. The closures are needed as crews replace pipes beneath the road and resurface, repair and improve nine miles of Highway 22. For real-time travel informa- tion anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org. Richmond Roschien Lake pLrz Lake Detours are neccessary to replace culverts Hutcheson " I SHORT-TERM DETOUR [] SHORT-TERM DETOUR (about one month) (about one week) WORK ZONE