By Jean Doran Matua
The board of the Minnesota Baseball Association met on Friday, June 12, and agreed to allow the 2020 town ball season to begin. Gov. Tim Walz had not responded to their multiple requests for clarification about how amateur baseball can safely start, so the MBA board decided to start with its own set of safety precautions.
The City of Kimball will meet Tuesday this week to okay use of Memorial Field for baseball games, a requirement for MBA play. In the meantime, the Kimball Express played an exhibition game Sunday, June 14, at Pearl Lake. The Express won, 10-8.
The 2020 season will be considerably shorter than usual, and games are hastily being scheduled in advance of League playoffs July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2.
The Express has added five new players this year: Gabe Smail, Joe Pennertz, Max Tibbits, Peyton Paumen, and Thomas Pearson are now part of the 20-man team.
“Even though the 2020 season will be a season to remember, we look to be a contender in post-
season play,” says long-time manager Tom Marquardt.
The Express have tentative games scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, although nothing is yet final. Check the Kimball Express Facebook page for the final word on this weekend’s games.