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Paynesville Press - April 12, 2006

Dogs club two opening victories

By Michael Jacobson

Sophomore Ashley Ogdahl pitched the first complete-game no-hitter in school history as the PAHS softball team opened their season with an 11-0 victory over Kimball on Monday, April 3.

Softball pitch It is the second no-hitter in school history for Paynesville varsity softball, which began 25 years ago. Val Callenius and Leah Spanier combined to pitch a no-hitter against Eden Valley-Watkins in May 2004, with the Dogs winning 6-3. Callenius and Spanier walked seven in that game, and two Paynesville errors led to three unearned runs.

Sophomore Ashley Ogdahl pitched the first complete-game no-hitter by a PAHS softball player in their 11-0 season opening victory over Kimball on Monday, April 3.

Ogdahl's no-hitter last week came in a five-inning game, with the Dogs winning by the ten-run rule. She walked only one, struck out nine, and, backed by error-free defense, earned a shutout in her varsity pitching debut.

Ogdahl threw strikes, got ahead of hitters, and moved the ball around the strike zone in this effective outing, said coach Tim Woehler.

At the plate, meanwhile, the Dogs pounded 15 hits and scored 11 runs. They scored three times in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead on the road. In the third, they added three more, making it 6-0. Three more in the fourth made it 9-0, and two runs in the fifth led to the ten-run rule taking affect a half inning later.

Senior Jess Engler delivered a two-run single in the top of the first, and the Dogs scored another run on an error.

In the third, junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner hit a two-out double and scored on a single by Ogdahl, who in turn scored on a single by junior Rebekah Kerzman.

In the fourth, senior Mel Mages and Engler hit RBI singles, and in the fifth the big hit was a leadoff triple by sophomore Laura Schaefer who proceeded to score.

This week, the Dogs (2-1) played a conference game at St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday. They will host Minnewaska on Thursday, and they will play at Albany on Tuesday, April 18.

Paynesville-- 303 32x x - 1115 0
Kimball-- 000 000 0 - 0 0 3

Paynesville - Batting: Laura Schaefer 3-4 3B R-4; Rebekah Kerzman 2-2 RBI; Jess Engler 2-3 2B R-2 RBI-2; Mel Mages 2-3 2B R-2 RBI-2; Ashley Ogdahl 2-3 R RBI; Amanda Skalicky 2-4 R; Carissa Utsch 1-3; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 1-4 2B R RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ogdahl (W) (5-0-0-0-1-9).

Kimball - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) J. Weidgelt (L) (4-15-9-9-3-4).

Paynesville 16, EV-W 6
The Bulldogs continued their hot hitting last week, winning their second straight nonconference game by the ten-run rule, beating Eden Valley-Watkins 16-6 on Tuesday, April 4.

Softball catch The Eagles opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, but the Dogs rallied in their home opener with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Allyson Klenke hit a two-run double to left in the bottom of the first and then scored to give the Dogs a 3-2 lead. The Dogs never trailed again.

Senior centerfielder Mel Mages made a running ctach of a line drive in the Dogs' 16-6 victory over Eden valley-Watkins on Tuesday, April 4.

In the second, sophomore Laura Schaefer hit an RBI double, and senior Mel Mages followed with a three-run homer, upping the Dogs lead to 7-2.

Four more runs in the third inning made it 11-2. Senior Amanda Skalicky hit an RBI single, Schaefer hit an RBI double, and Mages hit an RBI single in the inning.

The Eagles scored four runs in the fourth inning, cutting the deficit to 11-6, but the Dogs scored three runs in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth, ending the game. Two EV-W errors aided the Dogs in the fourth inning, and sophomore Carissa Utsch delivered an RBI single to end the game with the Dogs' 16th run in the fifth.

Scoring 27 runs on 28 hits in their first two games was a tremendous start to their season, said coach Tim Woehler, and both wins came against section teams, but the Dogs will need to prove they can handle faster pitching in conference games.

EV-W-- 200 40x x - 67 3
Paynesville-- 344 32x x - 16 12 2

Eden Valley-Watkins - Batting: Huschle 2-2 2B R-2 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) B. Holthaus (L) (4.1-12-16-13-8-2).

Paynesville - Batting: Ashley Ogdahl 3-4 R SB; Mel Mages 2-3 HR R-3 RBI-3; Laura Schaefer 2-4 2B-2 RBI-3 R-2; Jess Engler 1-1 2B R-2 SB-2; Chelsey Hansen 1-1 R-3 SB-3; Amanda Skalicky 1-3 R-3 RBI-2; SB; Allyson Klenke 1-3 2B RBI-3 R; Carissa Utsch 1-4 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ogdahl (1.1-1-2-2-4-2); Emily Mohr (W) (3.2-6-4-3-1-3).

LPGE 8, Paynesville 2
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, who edged the Dogs to finish second in the West Central Conference North last year, handed the Dogs their first loss of the season and their first conference loss on Friday 8-2.

The Thunder only outhit the Dogs 10-9, but the Dogs committed four errors. They also made a couple baserunning mistakes and threw a couple balls to the wrong bases, said coach Tim Woehler.

The Thunder scored two runs in the top of the first and then kept the momentum by throwing out a Bulldog runner at the plate in the bottom of the first.

The Dogs scored their first run in the bottom of the second, getting three singles from sophomore Ashley Ogdahl, senior Emily Mohr, and sophomore Carissa Utsch, with Utsch's hit scoring Ogdahl, cutting the Thunder lead to 3-1.

LPGE, though, proceeded to score five unanswered runs before the Dogs scored again in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Laura Schaefer and senior Mel Mages singled, with Schaefer stealing home and Mages stealing second and third.

The Dogs have hit well in their first three games, said Woehler, which was a preseason concern, but they need to learn to win close games, he added.

LPGE-- 211 301 0 - 810 1
Paynesville-- 010 001 0 - 2 9 4

LPGE - Batting: Diane Blommel 3-4 2B R-2 SB-2; Steph Callahan 2-3 2B R-2 SB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kendra Nies (W) (7-9-2-2-0-2).

Paynesville - Batting: Melanie Mages 2-3 2B SB-3; Carissa Utsch 2-3 RBI SB; Amanda Skalicky 2-4; Laura Schaefer 1-3 R SB; Ashley Ogdahl 1-3 R; Emily Mohr 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ogdahl (L) (7-10-8-5-0-4).

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