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Paynesville Press - April 26, 2006

Bulldogs clobber Albany 20-5

By Michael Jacobson

Clubbing 17 hits and aided by 15 walks from Albany pitchers, the PAHS softball team pounded the Huskies 20-5 on Tuesday, April 18.

The Dogs led 14-5 before scoring six runs in the top of the seventh inning, bringing the final score to 20-5. The Dogs batted around in that inning, using three hits, four walks, and an Albany error to score six times. Sophomore Chelsey Hansen and junior Ashley Ogdahl both had two-run singles in that inning for the Dogs.

Senior Emily Mohr The Dogs scored 10 runs in their first three at bats to take a 10-5 lead after three innings. In the first inning, senior Allyson Klenke and sophomore Carissa Utsch drew bases-loaded walks to score two runs. In the second, senior Mel Mages hit an RBI triple, sophomore Laura Schaefer followed with an RBI single, and senior Amanda Skalicky later hit a two-run triple.

In the third, Skalicky delivered the big hit again, a two-run single, as the Dogs scored four runs.

Senior Emily Mohr had one of the Bulldogs' eight hits last week in their 2-1 loss to Sauk Centre on Thursday, April 20.

In the fourth and fifth innings, the Dogs added two runs apiece. Mages added an RBI single in the fourth, and senior Jess Engler had an RBI single in the fifth.

Ogdahl, in relief of Engler, pitched five innings of shutout relief to earning the pitching victory for the Bulldogs. The game, she said, was fun ³because we got to knock the ball around.²

With the victory, the Dogs are now 3-2 in the West Central Conference North (and 5-5 overall).

This week, the Dogs will play two games. They hosted Melrose on Tuesday (and had their game on Monday at New London-Spicer rained out). On Thursday, they will travel to Long Prairie to play LPGE.

Next week, the Dogs will play at NL-S on Monday, May 1, and at St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday, May 2.

Paynesville-- 244 220 6 - 2017 2
Albany-- 113 000 0 - 5 7 2

Paynesville ­ Batting: Mel Mages 3-3 3B R-4 RBI BB-3 SB-3; Amanda Skalicky 3-4 3B R-4 RBI-4 SB-3 BB-2; Jess Engler 3-4 R RBI; Chelsey Hansen 3-5 R-3 RBI-2 SB-2; Laura Schaefer 2-5 R-2 RBI-2; Allyson Klenke 2-5 R-2 RBI SB; Ashley Ogdahl 1-4 RBI-2 R BB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Engler (2-3-5-4-6-2); Ogdahl (W) (5-4-0-0-1-5).

Albany ­ Batting: Ashley Wenning 3-4 2B; Ashley Beier 3-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kristy Kasen (3-6-10-10-8-2); Molly Kramer (4-11-10-9-7-0).

Sauk Centre 2, Paynesville 1
The Bulldogs left the bases loaded three times and stranded 11 base-runners in a 2-1 loss to Sauk Centre on Thursday.

The Dogs led 1-0 after breaking the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Mainstreeters responded with two runs in the top of the sixth to win 2-1.

The Streeters tied the game with an RBI triple to centerfield ­ which might have been an over-the-fence homer had it been hit to left or right ­ followed by an infield chopper that was good for an infield hit to score the go-ahead run, all with one out.

The Dogs had scored in the fifth inning when sophomore Laura Schaefer singled and scored on another single by sophomore Ashley Ogdahl.

The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the first, fourth, and sixth innings. In the first, senior Mel Mages doubled to start the inning, which was followed by two walks to load the bases with one out. In the fourth, a single by junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner and two walks loaded the bases again with two outs, but again the Dogs did not score.

After the Streeters took a 2-1 lead, the Dogs loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with one out, as a Sauk error was followed by singles by senior Allyson Klenke and Emily Mohr. But, again, the Dogs were unable to plate a run.

The Dogs are playing good ball, said coach Tim Woehler, and played one of their best games of the year against Sauk Centre but came up short due to a lack of timely hitting. ³They got the one hit they needed,² said Woehler.

Sauk Centre-- 000 002 0 - 26 1
Paynesville-- 000 010 0 - 1 8 2

Sauk Centre ­ Batting: Mariah Wessel 2-3 3B RBI R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Katie Funk (W) (7-8-1-1-4-2).

Paynesville ­ Batting: Allyson Klenke 2-2; Emily Mohr 1-2; Jess Engler 1-3; Mel Mages 1-4 2B; Laura Schaefer 1-4 R; Ashley Ogdahl 1-4 RBI; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ogdahl (L) (7-6-2-2-1-3).

Morris Tourney
The Dogs took fourth in an eight-team tournament on Saturday at Morris, defeating Chokio-Alberta/ Herman-Norcross 9-5 in the opening round, losing 4-3 to eventual champion Wheaton in the semifinals, and losing 7-5 to Foley in the third-place game.

The Dogs jumped ahead of Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross in the first game by scoring three runs in the first inning and five runs in their first three at bats. Senior Jess Engler had a two-run double in the first inning, an RBI single in the second inning, and pitched five innings to earn the pitching victory for the Dogs.

The Dogs also got an RBI single by junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner in the first inning, an RBI double by senior Mel Mages in the third inning, and a two-run single by sophomore Laura Schaefer in the fifth inning.

The Dogs nearly gave Wheaton, which won the tournament, their first loss of the season in the semifinals. In a game that featured three lead changes, the Dogs led 1-0 with a run in the first, Wheaton scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead in the third, the Dogs regained the lead with two runs in the fourth, and Wheaton scored the two winning runs in the bottom of the sixth to win 4-3.

Senior Amanda Skalicky singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Engler in the first inning for Paynesville. In the fourth inning, sophomore Chelsey Hansen and Kalkbrenner led off the inning with singles and both scored, with the go-ahead run scoring on a single by sophomore Carissa Utsch.

Wheaton scored their two winning runs with three singles and two errors in the sixth inning. The Dogs put two runners on base with one out in the top of the seventh but did not score.

In the third-place game, the Dogs rallied against Foley, last yearıs Class AA state runner-up. After falling behind 4-0, with a Foley hitter clubbing a three-run over-the-fence homer in the second, the Dogs took the lead with five runs in the fourth inning.

Singles by sophomore Ashley Ogdahl, Kalkbrenner, and senior Allyson Klenke loaded the bases for Hansen, who cleared them with a triple to the left-center gap. Hansen scored, and Mages added an RBI single in the inning as the Dogs took a 5-4 lead.

Foley retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and added a run in the bottom of the fifth to win 7-5.

³We played really well,² said coach Tim Woehler about the tournament. ³We played well enough to win the whole thing.²

The Dogs outhit Wheaton, though lost because Wheaton got more timely hits in the sixth inning, said Woehler. The Dogs also made some nice defensive plays, including a 6-4-3 double play by Utsch, Hansen, and Skalicky against Wheaton and a force out at third with Klenke, playing third, fielding a bunt from Foleyıs speedy leadoff hitter and throwing to Utsch, playing shortstop, at third base.

Dogs 9, Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross 5
Chokio-A/H-N-- 000 004 1 - 57 1
Paynesville-- 311 022 x - 9 14 2

Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross ­ Batting: Howe 2-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Armstrong (L) (6-14-9-9-3-6).

Paynesville ­ Batting: Jess Engler 4-4 2B RBI-3 R-2; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 2-2 RBI-2 R SB-2; Mel Mages 2-3 2B R SB; Laura Schaefer 2-3 R-2 RBI-2 SB; Allyson Klenke 2-4 R-2 SB-2; Ashley Ogdahl 1-3 R RBI; Amanda Skalicky 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Engler (W) (5.1-6-4-4-3-3); Ogdahl (S) (1.2-1-1-1-1-0).

Wheaton 4, Dogs 3
Paynesville-- 100 200 0 - 311 1
Wheaton-- 002 002 x - 4 7 2

Paynesville ­ Batting: Chelsey Hansen 2-3 R; Engler 2-4 RBI; Kalkbrenner 2-4 R; Ogdahl 2-4; Carissa Utsch 1-2 RBI; Schaefer 1-3 2B SB; Skalicky 1-4 R SB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Engler (2.2-2-2-2-2-1); Ogdahl (L) (4.1-5-2-0-0-2).

Wheaton ­ Batting: Frisch 2-3 RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Desplink (W) (7-11-3-3-2-3).

Foley 7, Dogs 5
Paynesville-- 000 500 0 - 512 1
Foley-- 040 210 x - 7 14 0

Paynesville ­ Batting: Klenke 3-3 R; Kalkbrenner 3-4 R; Hansen 2-3 3B RBI-3 R; Mages 2-4 RBI SB-2; Ogdahl 1-4 R; Skalicky 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ogdahl (L) (6-14-8-5-3-3).

Foley ­ Batting: Zillner 3-4; Alysa Kotsmith 2-3 HR RBI-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) April Stewart (W) (7-12-5-5-0-5).

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