Bulldogs drop softball opener to Litchfield

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 4/14/99.

The Bulldogs dropped their first softball game to Litchfield 10-0 in five innings Friday.

Dragons ace pitcher Carin Rambow dominated the game. She allowed just a single hit in four innings and recorded the victory. She struck out seven and walked just one.

Entering the bottom of the fourth, the Dragons led 2-0, but Litchfield scored eight runs in that half inning and shut out the Bulldogs in the top half of the fifth to invoke the ten-run rule.

"We were playing well," said coach Murry Rafferty. "We started out strong, and we did a lot of good things." The Bulldogs defense, he said, was good, with a lone error on a hard-hit ball.

In the bottom of the fourth, wildness hurt the Bulldogs. Litchfield only had seven hits, but drew seven walks as well. Six of the Dragons' ten runs were scored on wild pitches or passed balls.

The Bulldogs played the game at less than full strength as half the varsity team had just returned from the high school German trip.

Litchfield is expected to be one of the top teams in the conference.

The Bulldogs have a busy week. On Monday night, they lost to New London-Spicer 11-3. They played at BDRSH last night. Tomorrow they host Sauk Centre, and on Friday they play at Albany. They will also play in a tournament on Saturday morning hosted by NL-S.

Next Tuesday, they host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Paynesville: 000 00 - 0 1 1
Litchfield: 020 8x - 10 7 0

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