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Paynesville Press - April 28, 2004

Bulldogs sweep tourney at Big Lake

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs powered their way to the title at a tourney at Big Lake on Saturday, scoring 21 runs and pounding 24 hits in two victories.

Sliding into base The Dogs (6-1) beat Big Lake 10-4 and beat Foley 11-2 to claim the title. "We played very well," said coach Brad Skoglund. "We hit the ball well, and the nice thing was we got everybody in to play."

Senior Jordan Haag slides home sfely in the first inning against NL-S.

The Dogs jumped to a 6-0 lead against Big Lake in their first game, scoring a run in the first, four in the second, and another in the third. Juniors Justin Butkofski and Mike Mueller singled to start their four-run second, and senior Chad Stang brought in one run with a single. Sophomore John Hemingson then drove in two more with a triple to right-center, and he scored on a double by sophomore Jamie Paul.

Stang added an RBI double in the third inning, scoring Butkofski again.

Senior Adam Kampsen started the scoring with a solo homer in the first inning, his seventh of the year.

After Big Lake scored a run, Butkofski hit a two-run single in the fifth inning to make it 8-1.

Big Lake plated three runs in the sixth inning, finally getting to Dogs' starter Chris Beier, a junior. But Paul came on in relief with the bases loaded and got an inning-ending double play.

The Bulldogs added two runs in the top of the seventh, with junior Brandon Berg hitting an RBI single, to make the final 10-4.

Against Foley, the Falcons scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Dogs were not behind for long. They scored three runs in the top of the second to take the lead. Sophomore Derek Stanger walked and stole second and then scored on a single by Beier, who in turn stole second and scored on a single by sophomore Mark Andrie, who also scored.

The Dogs added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, increasing their lead to 5-2. Then they added six runs in the top of the seventh. Junior Matt Fuchs delivered a pinch-hit two-run double, Paul also hit a pinch-hit two-run double, and Hemingson hit a two-run single to plate six runs.

Mueller hitting the ball Stang, on the mound, pitched six shutout innings after allowing Foley to score two runs in the first inning on four consecutive hits. Stang worked ahead of the hitters and threw his curveball for strikes, said Skoglund.

Junior Mike Mueller ended Thursday's game against NL-S by hitting a two-out, two-run homer to left to invoke the ten-run rule.

The Bulldogs dressed and played a number of players in the varsity-only tournament. "It just goes to show we have great depth," said Skoglund of the team's performance. "We've got a lot of guys that can play varsity baseball. You can only put nine on the field at a time, but we've got a lot of guys who can play."

The Dogs' game at Cathedral on Tuesday was postponed due to rain. That game has been rescheduled for Monday, May 3, at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, with the junior varsity and ninth grade playing at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity playing at 7 p.m.

This week, the Bulldogs played Melrose on Tuesday. They will play at Long Prairie on Thursday and will host Maple Lake on Friday.

Paynesville 10, Paynesville 4
Paynesville-- 141 020 2 - 1013 0
Big Lake-- 000 103 0 - 4 6 2

Paynesville - Batting: Justin Butkofski 3-4 R-2 RBI-2; Mike Mueller 2-4 R-2 RBI; Adam Kampsen 2-4 HR R-2; Chad Stang 2-4 2B RBI-2 R SB; John Hemingson 1-3 3B R RBI-2; Brandon Berg 1-4 RBI; Jamie Paul 1-4 SB; Pitching: (ip) Chris Beier (W) (4.1); Paul (S) (1.2).

Paynesville 11, Foley 2
Paynesville-- 030 110 6 - 1111 0
Foley-- 200 000 0 - 2 9 4

Paynesville - Batting: Mark Andrie 3-3 2B RBI R-2; Matt Fuchs 1-1 2B RBI-2 R; Jamie Paul 1-1 2B RBI-2 R; Chris Beier 1-2 R-3 RBI; Bobby O'Fallon 1-3; Trent Hansen 1-3 R; John Hemingson 1-4 RBI-2; Derek Stanger 1-4 R-2 SB; Adam Kampsen 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Chad Stang (W) (7-9-2-2-2-3).

Paynesville 12, NL-S 1

The Dogs pounded the Cats, winning by the ten-run rule in six innings on Thursday in Paynesville.

Junior Justin Butkofski hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning for Paynesville, and junior Mike Mueller ended the game with a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth, invoking the ten-run rule with the score 12-1.

"It was nice to see us start to hit the ball," said Skoglund. "I can see it in practice: we're starting to come around. It takes awhile in the spring."

The Dogs took the lead in the first inning, as sophomore Jamie Paul and senior Jordan Haag doubled to start the game. Haag and senior Adam Kampsen, who was walked intentionally, also scored in the first inning for the Dogs. (Kampsen walked four times in the game, twice intentionally.)

In the third inning, the Bulldogs turned seven walks into five runs. Senior Adam Hemmesch, Mueller, sophomore John Hemingson, and junior Brandon Berg all walked with the bases loaded to plate runs for Paynesville.

Paynesville -- 305 202 x - 126 0
NL-S -- 001 000 x - 1 5 3

New London-Spicer - Batting: Matt Traen 1-3 RBI; Jamie Scheevel 1-3; Scott Rambow 1-1; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Cody Ammerson (L) (2-2-8-7-8-0); Kevin Krupke (2-2-2-2-3-0); Unknown (0.2-1-2-2-1-0).

Paynesville - Batting: Justin Butkofski 1-3 HR R-2 RBI-4; Mike Mueller 1-2 HR RBI-3; Ross Jaeger 1-1; Jordan Haag 1-2 2B R-2; Brandon Berg 1-2 RBI; Jamie Paul 1-3 2B R-2; Adam Kampsen 0-0 BB-4 R-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kampsen (W) (6-5-1-1-3-4).

Paynesville 9, Benson 2
The Bulldogs broke open a close game against Benson by scoring two runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth, beating the visiting Braves 9-2.

Senior Adam Hemmesch hit a two-run double for the Bulldogs in the fifth inning. In the sixth, junior Chris Beier led off with a triple and scored on sophomore John Hemingson's sacrifice fly. Senior Adam Kampsen ended the scoring with a three-run homer in the sixth, scoring sophomore Jamie Paul, who singled, and junior Brandon Berg, who was hit by a pitch.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed, but Benson did cut their lead to one for most of the game.

In the first inning, senior Jordan Haag hit an RBI double and then came around to score.

After Benson cut the lead to 2-1 with an unearned run in the top of the second, Kampsen drew a bases-loaded walk to score senior Bobby O'Fallon, who had walked to start the inning.

But that 3-1 lead was short-lived, too, as Benson scored again in the top of the third. Junior Justin Butkofski allowed only one run in that inning, pitching his way out of a bases loaded jam.P<> Butkofski earned his first varsity pitching victory, going six innings and allowing only one earned run. Paul pitched a hitless inning of relief, striking out two.

Paynesville-- 210 024 x - 96 4
Benson-- 011 000 0 - 2 6 3

Benson - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) John Whitenberg (L) (4-3-5-4-7-0); John Welter (2-3-4-4-2-0).

Paynesville - Batting: Haag 1-1 2B R-3 RBI SB; Beier 1-1 3B R; Kampsen 1-1 HR RBI-4; John Hemingson 1-2 2B R RBI SB; Paul 1-3 R-2 SB-2; Hemmesch 1-3 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Justin Butkofski (W) (6-6-2-1-4-7); Paul (1-0-0-0-0-2).

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