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Paynesville Press - April 16, 2003

Baseball team starts season with two wins

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs baseball team - ranked #2 in Class A this spring - opened their season with two wins last week.

The Dogs defeated Albany - ranked #13 in Class A - 4-2 in their season opener on Thursday, gaining their first conference win of the spring. The Bulldogs built a 4-0 lead through five innings behind the shutout pitching of senior righthander Josh Kampsen.

Josh Kampsen - photo by Michael Jacobson The Dogs only had five hits for the game but made them all count. Every player who got a hit either came around to score or drove in a run with it.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second inning when sophomore Mike Mueller singled, stole second, and scored on a single by sophomore first baseman Justin Butkofski. In the third, junior Adam Kampsen doubled with one out and scored on a single by Mueller.

Senior righthander Josh Kampsen pitched a complete game against Albany and also hit a key two-run homer in the fifth inning.

The Dogs ended their scoring in the fifth inning when Adam Kampsen walked with two outs and scored on a two-run homer to left by his brother Josh.

Albany scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning to make the final 4-2. The Huskies loaded the bases with a double, an error, and a walk, but a key defensive play helped the Bulldogs. An Albany runner tried to tag from third on a short fly to center, but senior centerfielder Josh Krupke threw a one-hop strike to catcher John Hemingson, a ninth grader, who tagged out the runner for a double play.

The next Albany batter - Nathan Beier from St. Martin - doubled home two runs, but the Dogs got the final out on a grounder to win 4-2.

This week, the Bulldogs hosted St. Cloud Cathedral - ranked #5 in the state - on Tuesday afternoon. They will play next at Melrose on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m.

Albany-- 000 000 2 - 25 1
Paynesville-- 011 020 0 - 4 5 1

Albany - Batting: Nathan Beier 2-3 2B RBI-2; John Klein 2-3 2B-2; Ben Douvier 1-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Klein (L) (5-5-4-4-2-3); Ryan Mareck (1-0-0-0-0-0).

Paynesville - Batting: Mike Mueller 2-3 RBI R SB; Adam Kampsen 1-2 2B R-2; Josh Kampsen 1-3 HR RBI-2; Justin Butkofski 1-3 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Josh Kampsen (W) (7-5-2-0-3-5).

Paynesville 15, NL-S 10
The Bulldogs used an eight-run sixth inning to rally and defeat the New London-Spicer Wildcats 15-10 in a long nonconference game on Friday at NL-S.

The Dogs trailed 5-1 after three innings and 9-6 after five innings but rallied by sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs in the sixth inning.

After one run score on a wild pitch, senior Scott Thomes had an RBI single to make it 9-8, and Krupke drove in two runs with a single to give the Dogs the lead 10-9. Josh Kampsen ended the scoring in the inning by hitting a grand slam homerun.

Junior Adam Hemmesch hit two homeruns for the Bulldogs. He hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the seventh inning for Paynesville.

Hemmesch, Josh Kampsen, and Krupke combined for nine hits, 13 RBIs, and eight runs for the Dogs.

Paynesville-- 000 000 0 - 010 0
NL-S-- 000 000 0 - 0 0 0

Paynesville - Batting: Adam Hemmesch 3-4 HR-2 RBI-4 R-4; Josh Krupke 3-5 2B RBI-4 R-2; Josh Kampsen 3-5 HR RBI-5 R-2; Russ Leyendecker 2-6 SB-2 R; Chad Stang 1-3 R; Justin Butkofski 1-4 R-2; Scott Thomes 1-5 R-2 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Adam Kampsen (3-7-7-7-2-3); Stang (W) (2.1-3-3-3-6-3); Leyendecker (1.2-0-0-0-1-2).

NL-S - Batting: Ahrendt 4-4 R-2; Scheival 2-3 R-3; Traen 2-5; Rambow 1-2 BB-3 R-2.

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