By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
The Kimball Express entered the Minnesota Amateur Baseball state tournament as Region 15C champions. As such, they had a bye for the first weekend of play. Their first tournament game this season was to be their last: Saturday evening, Aug. 29, at Milroy against Prior Lake (after their victory over New Ulm the weekend before).
Prior Lake scored in the first inning, and the Express answered back in the second. They were knotted at 1-1 through the end of regular play. It would take three extra innings to determine a winner. Prior Lake scored a second run in the top of the 12th inning, and Kimball just couldn’t match it. Thus ends the 2020 season for the Express.
At the plate, the Express had 10 hits – all of them singles. Austin Ruehle had 3, and Joe Pennertz, Cade Marquardt, and Brooks Marquardt each hit a pair of singles on the game. Max Tibbits scored the lone run for the Express in the second inning on a RBI by Austin Ruehle.
Ben Morrison earned the win for Prior Lake. He struck out 9 and walked 3 while allowing 1 run on 9 hits during his 10 innings on the mound. Michael Walerius and Alex Wattermann pitched in relief.
Ben Johnson pitched the first 10 innings for the Express. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 10 and walking 1. Zach Dingmann would be tagged with the loss, allowing the winning run in the final (12th) inning.
Cole Bjorg scored the first run for the Mudcats, in the first inning. Alex Watermann scored the winning run in the 12th inning after hitting a double, and on a single RBI by Jake Lehrer.
Prior Lake moves up in the tournament, facing Bemidji this Saturday.
PRIOR LAKE AB R H BI
TOTALS 40 2 6 1
KIMBALL AB R H BI
Austin Ruehle 5 0 3 1
Scott Marquardt 6 0 0 0
Adam Beyer 5 0 1 0
Ben Johnson 5 0 0 0
Joe Pennertz 5 0 2 0
Cade Marquardt 6 0 2 0
Brian Marquardt 4 0 0 0
Max Tibbits 5 1 0 0
Brooks Marquardt 4 0 2 0
TOTALS 45 1 10 1
Mudcats 100 000 000 001 2 6 2
Express 010 000 000 000 1 10 2
The season went by in kind of a blur,” said manager Tom Marquardt. “I’m thankful for the Minnesota Baseball Association (MBA) in taking a stand in getting the amateur baseball season under way. Our team was excited to be outside and playing America’s pasttime, the great game of baseball, starting June 21.
“I was extremely happy with how the shortened season went,” Marquardt continued, “7-0 in the Central Valley South, and an overall record of 15-2. I can attribute the success to a great mix of youth players added to this season’s roster and our veteran players.
“The future looks bright and encouraging for the Kimball Express in 2021. They are a great group of guys, most importantly! I want to thank the fans and businesses that continued to support us through this difficult time in the history of our country.”