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Paynesville Press - April 16, 2003

Dogs gain experience at tournament

By Ann Stalboerger

The Bulldogs took a long hike to Maple River on Saturday for a three-game tournament. Although the Dogs were unable to come away with a victory, they did gain tremendous experience, facing some very tough teams.

In their first game of the day, the Dogs took on the host team, Maple River, who took third in the state last season, and lost 6-0.

A sixth inning bunt by sophomore Kim Hess was the Dogs' only hit of the game. This was the first hit of the season yielded by Maple River's ace pitcher.

Sophomore Val Callenius took the pitching loss for the Dogs, with sophomore Leah Spanier coming in for relief.

The Dogs played extremely tough defense in their second game of the day against St. Paul Academy but were unable to put the ball in play at the right times and lost 2-0. Senior Ashley Mackedanz led the Dogs at the plate going 2-3. Also having a hit for the Dogs was senior Trisha Chevalier.

Sophomore Amber Chevalier pitched all seven innings for the Dogs.

Finally manufacturing some runs, the Dogs lost to Tartan 10-2 in their final game. Hits by Hess and junior Trisha Wendlandt scored seniors Ann Stalboerger and Laura Stoneburner in the second inning for the Dogs' only runs.

Stalboerger took the pitching loss for the Dogs, with Spanier relieving her in the sixth inning.

Head coach Tim Woehler was impressed with the team's overall performance on Saturday. "I was very proud of the girls' play. We faced some pretty tough teams and saw a whole different level of pitching," said Woehler. "It was a great experience for us and will make us much stronger as the season progresses."

This week, the Bulldogs hosted NL-S on Monday and Melrose on Tuesday. Next week, the Dogs play at LPGE on Tuesday, April 22.

Albany 7, Paynesville 6
The Dogs fell one run short against the Albany Huskies on Friday, losing 7-6. The Huskies led the majority of the game, but the Dogs weren't about to give up without fighting.

Stoneburner scored for the Dogs in the seventh, but the Dogs stranded the tying run on third base to end the game.

The Dogs reached first base 12 times on walks, but were outhit by the Huskies 10-6.

According to Woehler, the Dogs played well but just didn't get the clutch hits when they were needed.

Paynesville-- 102 101 1 - 66 0
Albany-- 302 020 x - 7 10 3

Paynesville - Batting: Trisha Chevalier 2-3; Kim Hess 1-2 R-2 RBI; Ann Stalboerger 1-2 RBI; Kayla Mackedanz 1-3 RBI; Ashley Mackedanz 1-4 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Amber Chevalier (L) (4-8-6-6-0-6); Stalboerger (2-2-1-1-0-3).

Cathedral 10, Paynesville 0
The Dogs' first game of the season proved to be an interesting one on Thursday, April 10, with the Dogs losing to St. Cloud Cathedral 10-0 in five innings.

Sophomore Kayla Mackedanz started the game for the Dogs with a double, followed by a single by senior Ashley Mackedanz to put runners in scoring positions with only one out. Unfortunately, the Dogs were unable to put the ball into play and did not score a run in that inning or the whole game.

Mental mistakes and a tough pitcher didn't allow the Dogs to get into this game, according to Woehler. "We'll be better prepared next time around," he added.

Cathedral-- 062 11x x - 1012 0
Paynesville-- 000 00x x - 0 5 3

Paynesville - Batting: Kayla Mackedanz 2-3 2B; Hess 1-3; Ashley Mackedanz 1-3; Laura Stoneburner 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Valerie Callenius (L) (5-12-10-6-1-1).

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