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Paynesville Press - April 24, 2002

Bulldogs sweep home tournament

By Jenny Habben

Ashley Mackedanz The Bulldogs softball team beat Kimball and ACGC on Saturday to win the title in their home tournament. The Dogs beat Kimball 17-2 in five innings and ACGC 13-4 to sweep the three-team, round-robin tourney.

Junior Ashley Mackedanz led the Bulldogs' offense against Cathedral. She hit an RBI triple and later scored by sliding into home.

The Bulldogs came alive in the second inning during the Kimball game. Senior Jen Habben hit a base hit and went to second on a wild pitch. Junior Ann Stalboerger advanced Habben to third when she singled between first and second base. Stalboerger then stole second base. Senior Heather Roos, with a full count, hit a homerun to bring in three runs. Paynesville scored five more runs in the second inning.

Kimball scored two runs in the second inning when the Bulldogs committed three errors.

Paynesville made good plays throughout the rest of the game and kept Kimball from scoring again. Habben allowed only one hit in five innings of pitching for the Bulldogs.

In the fourth inning, senior Kelli Heinen hit a triple up the third-base line. Senior Lisa Hemingson was walked and then stole second. Habben brought in Heinen with a base hit. Later, Habben scored when the Kimball catcher overthrew the pitcher to give Paynesville a 10-2 lead.

Ninth grader Kim Hess, Heinen, Stalboerger, and junior Ashley Mackedanz each had a hit in the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs scored seven more runs and imposed the ten-run rule on the Cubs. For the game, the Bulldogs had 21 hits.

The Bulldogs won the tourney title for the second straight year.

"It was a great day for us," said coach Tim Woehler. "We had solid pitching, fielding, and our bats were really jumping. Hopefully, we can carry this strong play over to next week as we take on Litch, LPGE, and Sauk Centre, all conference foes."

In winning their tournament, the Bulldogs kept alive a three-game winning streak that has evened their season record at 3-3.

The Bulldogs hosted Litchfield yesterday and will travel to LPGE on Thursday. This game will start at 5 p.m. Paynesville will also host a game against Sauk Centre on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Next Tuesday, April 30, the Bulldogs host Renville County West at 4:30 p.m.

Kimball-- 020 00x x - 21 2
Paynesville-- 080 27x x - 17 21 3

Kimball - Batting: Kuechle 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jen Gully (L) (4-16-10-8-3-2); Lembke (0-2-5-5-3-0); VanNurder (1-3-2-2-1-0).
Paynesville - Batting: Kelli Heinen 3-4 3B RBI-4 R-3; Jenny Habben 3-3 RBI-3, R-3; Heather Roos 2-4 R, HR, RBI-5; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Habben (W) (5-1-2-0-2-4).

Paynesville 13, ACGC 4
The Bulldogs powered their way to a 13-4 victory with two homers against ACGC.

Hess started the game by hitting a homerun.

ACGC came up to bat and the first batter was hit by the pitch; however she was thrown out when Stalboerger tagged her out on a catcher's pick-off attempt.

Habben started out the second inning by hitting a homerun. Stalboerger and Trisha Chevalier also scored runs for the Bulldogs in the second inning.

In the third inning, Heinen, Hemingson, and Stalboerger scored runs for Paynesville. ACGC answered back with two runs in the third.

Paynesville didn't score again until the sixth inning when Stalboerger walked, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs scored five more runs in the seventh inning. Senior Amy Buermann had a hit in this inning.

Paynesville made one error in the last inning and allowed ACGC to score two more runs.

Hemingson did a great job pitching and had a no-hitter into the last inning, when ACGC got their only two hits.

Paynesville-- 133 001 5 - 137 3
ACGC-- 002 000 2 - 4 2 3

Paynesville - Batting: Kim Hess 2-4 HR RBI-2; Jenny Habben 2-4 HR R-2; Amy Buermann 1-1 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Lisa Hemingson (W) (7-2-4-2-6-9).
ACGC - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Iverson (L) (7-7-13-10-6-9).

Paynesville 9, Albany 1
The Bulldogs beat Albany 9-1 on Thursday for their first victory of the season.

Hess had three hits, scored three runs, and had four stolen bases in the game. Heinen added two hits for the Bulldogs, while Hemingson and Habben each added one.

The Bulldogs scored six times in the second inning.

Paynesville had a great defensive game with a lot of short innings in the field. Hemingson pitched a three-hitter for the Bulldogs, allowing only an unearned run.

Paynesville-- 060 102 0 - 97 2
Albany-- 000 000 1 - 1 3 1

Paynesville - Batting: Kim Hess 3-4 RBI R-3; Jenny Habben 1-3 R RBI; Lisa Hemingson 1-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (W) (7-3-1-0-3-5).
Albany - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Fermuck (L) (7-7-9-8-5-9).

Cathedral 8, Paynesville 2
Junior Ashley Mackedanz hit an RBI triple and scored a run for the Bulldogs in a 8-2 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday, April 16.

The Bulldogs scored all their runs in the second inning, taking a short-lived 2-0 lead. The Crusaders rallied with three runs in the third, three in the fifth, and two in the sixth.

Hemingson had eight strikeouts and only gave up four hits, but the Bulldogs allowed six unearned runs by committing six fielding errors.

Cathedral-- 003 032 0 - 84 1
Paynesville-- 020 000 0 - 2 4 6

Cathedral - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Poganski (W) (7-4-2-2-3-5). Paynesville - Batting: Ashley Mackedanz 1-2 3B R RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (L) (7-4-8-2-6-8).

Melrose 10, Paynesville 3
The Bulldogs committed eight fatal errors in a 10-3 loss to Melrose on Monday, April 15. The Dogs outhit the Dutchmen six to three but allowed six unearned runs.

Paynesville-- 001 020 0 - 36 8
Melrose-- 100 062 1 - 10 3 2

Paynesville - Batting: Hess 2-4 R; Pitching: Hemingson (L) (4-3-9-4-5-4); Heather Roos (2-0-1-0-3-0); Melrose - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Schlumpberger (W) (7-6-3-2-6-7).

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