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Paynesville Press - April 13, 2005

Dogs clobber Kimball, 22-4

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs baseball team clobbered the Kimball Cubs 22-4 on Friday for their first win of the spring season. The Dogs scored seven runs in their first turn at bat and defeated the host Cubs by the ten-run rule.

Jamie Paul Senior Mike Mueller and junior Derek Stanger had RBI singles to start the scoring in the first inning. Junior Mark Andrie cleared the bases with a three-run double and and scored on a RBI single by junior Jamie Paul.

Junior shortstop Jamie Paul - attempting to turn a double play against Annandale last week - led the Dogs' 17-hit attack against Kimball on Friday, going 4-4 and scoring four runs. The Dogs beat Kimball 22-4.

Paul, the leadoff hitter and short-stop, had two hits in the inning. He also made a great defensive play in the bottom of the first, going deep in the hole and gunning to first for the third out, said coach Brad Skoglund.

Senior Chris Beier pitched very well against Kimball, added Skoglund, showing good velocity and throwing lots of strikes. Beier constantly had Cubs' hitters in 0-2 or 0-1 counts, noted Skoglund. Beier earned the victory, allowing only an unearned run in four innings.

With Beier shutting down the Cubs' offense, the Dogs built an 18-0 lead. The Dogs did not score in the second inning, but they scored five more runs in the third and six more in the fourth. After Kimball scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Dogs scored four more in the top of the fifth, making the score 22-1 before Kimball added three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

baseball throw Key plays for the Dogs were senior Justin Butkofski and Mueller having back-to-back doubles in the third inning; Paul and junior Trent Hansen drawing bases-loaded walks in the fourth, and pinch hitter Derek Looman hitting an RBI single; and Paul, Hansen, Mueller, and Beier having RBI singles in the fifth.

Junior firstbaseman Mark Andrie flipped the ball to pitcher Justin Butkofski for an out against Annandale on Tuesday, April 5. Butkofski pitched five innings and allowed only one run against the Cardinals.

The Dogs (1-1) played at Maple Lake on Tuesday. They will host their first conference game against Albany on Thursday afternoon this week. Next week, they will travel to Benson on Monday and will host St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday.

Paynesville-- 705 64x x - 2217 2
Kimball-- 000 13x x - 4 3 5

Paynesville - Batting: Jamie Paul 4-4 R-4 RBI-2 SB; Mike Mueller 3-5 2B RBI-2 R; Mark Andrie 2-4 2B R-3 RBI-3; Chris Beier 2-4 RBI-2; Justin Butkofski 2-5 2B R-3 RBI-3; Derek Looman 1-1 RBI; Trent Hansen 1-3 R-4 RBI-2; Ryan Hess 1-3 R-3; Derek Stanger 1-4 RBI R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Beier (W) (4-2-1-0-2-3); Hess (1-1-3-2-3-0).

Annandale 4, Paynesville 2
Annandale scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and defeated the Bulldogs 4-2 in their opener on Tuesday, April 5.

Annandale had taken a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first inning. The Dogs had tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth. But the Cardinals used two walks, a hit batter, an infield single, and an error to score two runs in the top of the sixth.

The Dogs got a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Cardinals added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to win 4-2.

Skoglund said the Dogs did not play well in any phase of the game against Annandale, who he credited with being a good team. "Despite playing poorly, we were one hit away from winning," said Skoglund.

After hitting the ball well against EV-W and Litchfield in scrimmages, the team managed only five hits against Annandale, which was disappointing, said Skoglund.

Junior catcher John Hemingson started the Dogs' rally in the fourth inning, drawing a walk and stealing second. But he collided with the Cardinals' second baseman on the play and suffered a concussion, later leaving the game and not playing against Kimball on Friday.

After Butkofski doubled to center, senior Mitch Callenius, pinch running for Hemingson, scored on a sacrifice fly for the Dogs' first run.

In the sixth, Beier walked, and senior Brandon Berg singled to start a rally. The Dogs got one run home on an error but could not score more.

Butkofski pitched five innings for the Dogs, allowing only one unearned run. Beier took the pitching loss in relief.

Annandale-- 100 002 1 - 44 1
Paynesville-- 000 101 0 - 2 5 3

Paynesville - Batting: Butkofski 2-4 2B; Hansen 2-3 2B SB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Butkofski (5-2-1-0-3-2); Beier (L) (2-2-3-2-3-2).

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