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Paynesville Press - April 21, 2004

Bulldogs blast Albany 14-1

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs blasted Albany in their conference softball opener last week, defeating the Huskies 14-1 by the ten-run rule.

The Dogs (2-2 overall, 1-1 in the West Central Conference North) let Albany take a 1-0 lead after one inning but then got their bats rolling, scoring 14 runs in the second, third, and fourth innings. They needed just four turns at bat to invoke the ten-run rule, ending the game in the fifth inning.

After scoring three runs in the bottom of the second, the host Dogs batted around in the third and fourth innings. They scored three runs in the second inning (sending eight batters to the plate), six runs in the third inning (sending 11 batters to the plate), and five runs in the fourth inning (sending 10 batters to the plate).

Amber Chevalier pitching Meanwhile, on the hill, junior Amber Chevalier allowed a run in the first inning but gave up only two hits over five innings to earn the pitching victory. She retired 13 of the last 14 batters she faced, walking no one and being helped by error-free defense by the Dogs.

Junior Amber Chevalier pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning against Cathedral on Thursday. She earned the pitching victory on Tuesday, allowing two hits, as the Dogs beat Albany 14-1

At the plate, junior Ashley Karger delivered a two-run single in the third inning, and junior Kayla Mackedanz hit a two-run double in that inning. (Mackedanz also had an RBI single in the second inning.)

Sophomore Amanda Skalicky and junior Katie Nelson also had RBI singles in the third inning.

In the fourth, junior Val Callenius had the big hit, a two-run single, followed by another RBI single by Skalicky.

Callenius, Mackedanz, and junior Leah Spanier led the Dogs with two hits each. Karger led the Dogs with three runs scored, followed by Spanier with two, while Mackedanz had three RBIs and Callenius, Karger, and Skalicky had two each.

This week, the Dogs played at Melrose on Tuesday. They will host Dassel-Cokato on Friday, and they will host a home tournament, for varsity and junior varsity, on Saturday. Paynesville plays NL-S at 9 a.m., with ACGC playing Kimball at 10:45 a.m. The third-place game will be held at 12:30 p.m., and the championship game will be held at 2:15 p.m.

Next week, the Dogs will host LPGE on Tuesday, April 27.

Paynesville-- 036 5xx x - 1410 0
Albany-- 100 00x x - 14 10 0

Albany - Batting: Gill 1-2 3B R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Schreiber (L) (3-9-9-8-3-0; Formanck (1-1-5-5-5-2).

Paynesville - Batting: Kayla Mackedanz 2-3 2B RBI-3 R; Leah Spanier 2-3 R-2; Val Callenius 2-4 2B RBI-2 R; Ashley Karger 1-1 RBI-2 R-3; Amanda Skalicky 1-4 RBI-2 R-2; Katie Nelson 1-2 RBI R; Ashley Spanier 1-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Amber Chevalier (W) (5-2-1-1-0-1).

Cathedral 4, Paynesville 0 St. Cloud Cathedral's Kim Murphy dominated the Bulldogs on Thursday, throwing a shutout and striking out 15 as the undefeated Crusaders defeated the Dogs 4-0.

Murphy allowed only three baserunners for the Dogs. Junior Kayla Mackedanz walked in the first inning, junior Katie Nelson singled in the sixth inning (a hard-hit ball that Cathedral ruled an error), and sophomore Amanda Skalicky singled to short in the seventh inning.

Cathedral got two hits to start the game and scored a run in the top of the first to take an early lead. Two Paynesville errors helped the Crusaders score again in the second inning. Junior pitcher Leah Spanier kept the Dogs close before running into a jam in the seventh.

Cathedral loaded the bases in the seventh inning and scored two runs on a ground-ball single. Junior Amber Chevalier, in relief, pitched out of another bases-load jam that inning, getting a pop out, strikeout, and ground out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Dogs put four balls in play against Murphy, making it the only inning in which Murphy did not record a strikeout. But the hard-hurling Murphy did not allow the Dogs to score any runs.

Paynesville-- 000 000 0 - 02 5
Cathedral-- 110 000 2 - 4 7 0

Cathedral - Batting: Kim Murphy 2-3 R-2; Jean Arnold 2-4 RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Murphy (W) (7-2-0-0-1-15).

Paynesville - Batting: Katie Nelson 1-2; Amanda Skalicky 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Leah Spanier (L) (6-7-4-3-0-1); Amber Chevalier (1-0-0-0-0-1).

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